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Yankee pitchers work out one-hitter to shut down Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- A masterful pitching performance carried the New York Yankees to victory Friday night, and nearly half the staff got in on it.

Five pitchers combined on a one-hitter, and Jason Giambi homered again in a rain-delayed 2-0 victory over the suddenly slumping Mets.

Endy Chavez's leadoff single in the sixth inning against Ron Villone (2-1) was the only hit for the Mets as the crosstown rivals opened the second leg of their annual Subway Series. Chavez was picked off first base, and the Mets didn't manage another baserunner.

"It's good for the bullpen to hold on, the way we've been dragging," Yankees reliever Scott Proctor said. "Anytime you can come together as a bullpen the way we did tonight, that's what we need to do all season."

Andy Phillips added an RBI single, sending the Mets to their fourth straight defeat. The NL East leaders hadn't dropped three in a row all season before getting swept in Boston this week.

"We've got to get the guys going again. The rain delay probably didn't help -- it broke up the rhythm of the game. When you get one hit, enough said. Got to do better than that," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "I don't think it's a slump. We've been playing with a lot of house money, and you're going to go through a little bump in the road. Right now, you can say the American League has four to five teams that are a little better than teams in the National League."

Orlando Hernandez (4-8) pitched seven effective innings against his former team, returning to the mound following a 63-minute delay in the fourth. Still, he lost his third consecutive outing and fell to 0-3 in three starts against the Yankees the past two seasons.

The Mets got Cliff Floyd back from the disabled list, but they were missing slugger Carlos Delgado (ribcage) and right fielder Xavier Nady (wrist) -- and it showed at the plate.

Mike Mussina held the Mets without a hit for the first four innings before the rain delay cut his outing short after 53 pitches, costing him a chance at his 10th win. He struck out four, and the only baserunner he allowed came on a first-inning error by second baseman Miguel Cairo.

The 37-year-old Mussina felt a slight strain in his right groin during the first inning and pitched his final two innings with a wrap on, so he knew the wise move was to come out after the rain delay.

"I don't feel too bad at all. I think we prevented any real damage," said Mussina, who hopes to make his next start. "We have enough injury problems."

Villone followed with two solid innings before Proctor pitched the seventh and Kyle Farnsworth worked the eighth. Mariano Rivera got three quick outs for his 18th save in 20 chances, the 397th of his career.

"That's the way they drew it up in spring training," Farnsworth said. "We probably fed off each other. From Moose all the way to Mo, we were aggressive."

It was the first combined one-hitter for the Yankees since Sept. 26, 1997, at Detroit. Ted Lilly threw the team's previous one-hitter, taking a tough-luck loss in Seattle on April 27, 2002.

Florida's Dontrelle Willis tossed the previous one-hitter against the Mets, on June 16, 2003.

Proctor tweaked his lower back a little, which brought manager Joe Torre and a trainer to the mound. But the reliever yelled at Torre, promising he was fine to finish the inning, and remained in the game.

"I wouldn't be out there if I couldn't do the job," Proctor said, adding that he is OK. "That was all he needed to hear."

Giambi homered to right off El Duque with two outs in the first, his 11th in June and 24th of the season.

"He's always tough on me," Giambi said. "I'm just not fouling off those mistakes. I'm hitting them hard and I'm putting them in play."

Phillips was at the plate when rain halted play in the fourth. After the game resumed, Bernie Williams stole second and scored on Phillips' two-out single to left.

Before the delay, Williams reached on a bloop single to left that glanced off the glove of third baseman David Wright, who also struck out all three times up.

"A stretch like this is going to happen," Wright said. "It will test our resiliency. We have some nagging injuries. This is where we have to dig down deep, see what we're made of. Now, we're playing upper-echelon teams."

Hernandez allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out three and walking one.

Notes

  • The Mets optioned OF Lastings Milledge to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Floyd, who went 0-for-3 in his first game since June 6. He had been out with a sprained ankle.
  • The Mets took two of three from the Yankees at Shea Stadium in May.
 
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Mike Mussina strikes out four and holds the Mets without a hit for the first four innings. (AP)
Mike Mussina strikes out four and holds the Mets without a hit for the first four innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Mussina
IP 4.0
H 0
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
New York

J. Giambi
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000000 .289
Paul Lo Duca, DH3000000 .279
Carlos Beltran, CF3000010 .287
David Wright, 3B3000031 .324
Cliff Floyd, LF3000000 .234
Jose Valentin, 2B2000100 .284
Julio Franco, 1B3000021 .290
Endy Chavez, RF3010000 .275
Ramon Castro, C3000021 .247
Totals27010183 
Batting
CS - Jose Valentin (2, 2nd base by Villone/Posada)
PK - Endy Chavez (1, Villone)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Valentin-Franco
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (L,4-8) 7722131 5.55
Duaner Sanchez 1100110 2.68
IBB - Posada by Duaner Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 109-70, Duaner Sanchez 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 7-10
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 28, Duaner Sanchez 5
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF3000110 .292
Derek Jeter, SS4020001 .333
Jason Giambi, DH4111014 .270
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000001 .275
Jorge Posada, C3010110 .289
Bernie Williams, RF3120011 .281
    Bubba Crosby, RF1000002 .241
Andy Phillips, 1B3011002 .290
Melky Cabrera, LF3010001 .256
Miguel Cairo, 2B3000001 .223
Totals312822413 
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (18, Sanchez), Jorge Posada (11, Hernandez)
HR - Jason Giambi (24, Hernandez)
RBI - Jason Giambi (63), Andy Phillips (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (22), Andy Phillips (6)
SB - Bernie Williams (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Castro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Posada-Cairo
E - Miguel Cairo (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina 4000040 3.17
Ron Villone (W,2-1) 2100120 2.06
Scott Proctor (H,11) 1000010 4.14
Kyle Farnsworth (H,12) 1000000 4.75
Mariano Rivera (S,18) 1000010 1.84
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 53-35, Ron Villone 26-14, Scott Proctor 9-6, Kyle Farnsworth 12-7, Mariano Rivera 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 4-5, Scott Proctor 1-1, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 13, Ron Villone 6, Scott Proctor 3, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55245
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ed Hickox