Victory #301

Godzilla struck again at Yankee Stadium. Hideki Matsui hit a third-inning grand slam to put the Yankees up 4-0 against the Mets. Those would be the only runs that Roger Clemens would need, as he shut down the Amazin's for eight innings and lead the Yankees to a 7-1 victory.

The Yankees jumped all over rookie Jeremy Griffiths – whom they faced in last Saturday's rainout. After Matsui's homer in the third, Ruben Sierra added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Bombers a 5-0 lead.

The Mets got their lone run in the fifth when Jeromy Burnitz connected on a solo homerun with one out against Clemens. But the Rocket wouldn't have any more of that.

Clemens (8-5) moved past Lefty Grove and Early Winn on the all-time win list, claiming the 19th spot as his own. He pitched eight innings, and allowed just the one run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven Mets. Jason Anderson pitched a perfect ninth inning before being sent down to make room for Brandon Claussen.

Matsui extended the Yankee lead in the sixth with an RBI single. The five RBI set a new career high for the Japanese slugger. He had had four RBI on two other occasions this year.

Todd Zeile's ground-rule double in the seventh capped the scoring and gave the Yankees their final lead of 7-1.

Griffiths (0-1) lasted just three innings and was charged with the loss. During his outing, he allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks, and he fanned just one batter. Pedro Feliciano pitched the remaining five innings for the Mets.

After the game, the Yankees and Mets both boarded buses to make the short trip to Shea Stadium, where they will play the second game of the two-stadium doubleheader. Brandon Claussen (0-0, 0.00) will make his major league debut against the Mets' veteran Tom Glavine (5-7, 4.31)

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