Matsui, Giambi Lead Yanks Over Mets

Jason Giambi's two run double over the head of Tsuyoshi Shinjo in the second inning of Friday's game proved to be the difference as the Yankees beat the Mets for the third straight time, 6-4. David Wells didn't has his best stuff, but he was good enough, lasting six innings to defeat Jae Weong Seo in the first game of round two of the subway series.

Both New York teams came out swinging in the first two innings. The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles from Ty Wigginton and Jason Phillips. But Seo couldn't hold the lead.

Seo allowed the first three batters of the bottom of the first inning to reach and load the bases for Ruben Sierra. Sierra lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Alfonso Soriano from third. With runners at the corners, Hideki Matsui ripped a line drive double over Tony Clark's head to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Jose Reyes tied the game in the next frame when he doubled and score on Roger Cedeno's single. But Giambi untied it in the bottom of the second with his 57th and 58th RBI of the season.

The Mets tried to come back in the sixth when Tony Clark homered to left, but they would get no closer, and are lucky that they didn't get blown out.

In the sixth, the Yankees offense started chugging. Matsui led off with a single, followed by a base hit from Jorge Posada. After Robin Ventura flew out, Raul Mondesi singled to score a run.

Juan Rivera hit a single to left field that should have been able to score the runner from second. But Posada misjudged the ball and took off late, robbing the Yankees of a run. With the bases loaded and one out, Soriano flew out to shallow right, and Derek Jeter struck out after fouling off three pitches to end the inning.

The Yankees loaded the bases again with one out in the seventh, but John Franco struck out Ventura looking and David Weathers got Mondesi to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Fortunately for the Yankees, their bullpen was sharp. Chris Hammond didn't allow a hit in his two innings of work, and newcomer Dan Miceli worked the ninth and nailed down the save – working around a leadoff walk – to seal the victory. Miceli pitched the ninth because Joe Torre wanted to give Mariano Rivera the night off after he had pitched three straight days.

Wells (10-2) picked up an ugly victory, allowing 12 hits in his six innings of work. He allowed four runs while striking out three and not walking a batter – again.

Seo (5-3) took the loss despite settling down after the first two innings. The Korean native worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning three.

The second and third games of the four-game series are on Saturday. Game one is at 1:15 pm at Yankee Stadium and will face the pitching matchup of Roger Clemens (7-5, 3.54) and Jeremy Griffiths (0-0, 7.50). The second game of the day-night double header is scheduled for 8:05 pm at Shea Stadium. That game will see the major league debut of Brandon Claussen (0-0, 0.00) for the Yankees. He will face the Mets' Tom Glavine (5-7, 4.31).

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