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