Yankees Walk To Victory

The Yankees just walked all over the Mets and their bullpen. Jorge Posada walked in the tying run in the top of the ninth inning, and Charles Gipson received a free pass with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the 11th keying a 7-3 victory for the Yankees over the Mets.

The game was close the entire way, with the Mets taking one-run leads on three separate occasions only to have the Yankees come back and tie it.

The Mets got on the board first in the second inning, scoring on Cliff Floyd's solo homerun to deep center off of David Wells.

The Yankees tied it in the fifth on Bubba Trammell's RBI groundout that scored Hideki Matsui. Trammell has not received a lot of playing time, and was scratched from Saturday's lineup after Glavine was pulled. He went 0-3 with the RBI in his first start in ten days.

Jose Reyes – who led off the bottom of the first with a single – hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to give the Mets back the lead. But the Yankees tied it again in the seventh when Matsui hit a solo shot off of John Franco. It was just the second homerun that Franco has allowed to a lefty batter in the last ten years. Bob Abreu of the Phillies has the other.

With the game still tied, Jason Phillips hit a groundball to the right side with two outs and two on to score Roberto Alomar. Raul Mondesi threw out Ty Wigginton at third base to end the inning.

In the ninth, Mets closer Armando Benitez came on to try and close the game. After a poor April in which he blew four saves, Benitez hadn't blown a save in 12 chances. But Benitez ran into some control trouble.

He walked Jason Giambi to start the inning, and pinch runner Enrique Wilson advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Mondesi flied out, Matsui walked, then after Zeile flied out, pinch hitter Ruben Sierra walked to load the bases. Jorge Posada, who did not start due to illness, pinch hit for John Flaherty, and worked the count full before drawing a walk on a high fastball.

The blown save was Benitez' fifth of the year, but he retired Juan Rivera to end the inning without causing further damage.

Mariano Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth and retired the side in order to move the game into extra innings.

In the eleventh, with men on first and second and nobody out, Posada hit a potential double-play ball to the shortstop. But Reyes booted the ball and the bases were loaded for Charles Gipson. Graeme Lloyd walked Gipson to put the Yankees ahead for good, but the Bronx Bombers weren't through.

Alfonso Soriano hit the ball sharply to Wigginton at third. Wigginton couldn't come up with it immediately and was forced to take the easy play at third, scoring another run. After Gipson was picked off and Derek Jeter walked, Enrique Wilson hit a double into the right field corner to put the Yankees up 7-3.

Jason Anderson pitched the ninth inning to finish off the Mets.

Wells didn't allow a walk in seven innings, striking out four and allowing just two runs – only one earned. Glavine, who started for the Mets, allowed just one run in six innings.

Rivera (2-0) grabbed his second win of the year, pitching two innings of one-hit ball and striking out a batter. Lloyd (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs in just one inning. Only one of the runs was earned due to the Reyes error.

With their two-game, rain-shortened sweep over the Mets, the Yankees head down to Tampa Bay for a four-game set with the Devil Rays. Roger Clemens (7-4, 3.42) will take on the D-Rays for the second straight start. Victor Zambrano (3-4, 3.89) will take the hill for Tampa.

Notes: Jason Giambi reached base for the 28th straight game … Jeromy Burnitz left the game after the ninth when Alfonso Soriano stepped on his hand at second base, giving him a cut … Todd Zeile picked up a hit and a walk, snapping a 0-20 slump. Zeile homered on Saturday but lost it due to rain.

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