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Mets roll, achieve rare series victory at Yankee Stadium

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes and the New York Mets are feeling much better about themselves. All it took was two big victories at Yankee Stadium.

Oliver Perez shut down the slumping Yankees, Reyes homered for the second successive game and the Mets cruised to an 11-2 rout Sunday night for a rain-shortened sweep of their crosstown rivals.

"Starting to roll a little bit," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "Hopefully, we're ready to take off."

Ryan Church also hit a home run and Moises Alou drove in three runs for the Mets, who beat Chien-Ming Wang and won a series at Yankee Stadium for only the second time since interleague play began in 1997. They took two of three in 2005.

This one was a two-game sweep after Johan Santana beat the Yankees 7-4 on Saturday. The scheduled opener Friday night was rained out and is likely to be made up when the teams meet again June 27-29, possibly with a two-ballpark doubleheader.

When the Mets showed up Friday, they had just lost three of four at home to last-place Washington, and Randolph was under fire. So they cleared the air in a closed-door meeting following remarks by closer Billy Wagner that some perceived as critical of his teammates.

"The positive energy that comes from winning here," David Wright said, "I think that can give you a lot of momentum."

Perez (4-3) pitched three-hit ball for a season-high 7 2/3 innings, handing the Yankees their fifth loss in six games. The so-called Bronx Bombers, missing injured sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, have scored only 12 runs during that stretch while falling to a season-worst 20-24.

The margin Sunday night could have been bigger, too, if not for a blown call that cost Carlos Delgado a three-run homer. Perez won his second successive outing following a three-game skid, and the Yankees dropped to 4-10 against left-handed starters.

"We all have to do better. It starts with me. Put it on me," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm the leader. I've got to find something."

Rodriguez is expected to return Tuesday night against Baltimore.

"It was pretty embarrassing. We're much better than what we're showing," Johnny Damon said. "Nothing should matter to this offense. We've got too many All-Stars around, too many talented players. We just need to be better."

Wang (6-2) gave up seven runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, falling to 0-2 in his past three starts. Hideki Matsui homered for the Yankees.

The Mets loaded the bases in the fourth and took the lead on Church's RBI grounder. Alou followed with a two-run single to right on a half-swing, and Delgado sliced a line drive down the left-field line that should have been a three-run homer.

The ball barely skimmed over the wall, right above the white foul line painted on the padded blue fence, and glanced off the bottom of the foul pole, which is set back just a bit from the wall.

Third base umpire Mike Reilly originally signaled home run, but shortstop Derek Jeter argued and the umps quickly huddled before reversing the call -- foul ball. Mets manager Willie Randolph argued to no avail.

"My three partners were adamant that the ball was foul," Reilly said. "It was a tough call to make. We try to get every play right."

Sitting next to the foul pole, fan Chris Rom picked up the ball after it hit him in the hip and was soon showing television cameras the mark Delgado's shot left on the pole -- and the smudge on the ball, too.

"It was a home run. It's indisputable. That's why you need replay for home runs," said Rom, a Mets fan who works in Brooklyn. "CSI can come take DNA off the pole -- it was a home run."

As Delgado continued his at-bat, Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel kept barking and pointing at plate umpire Bob Davidson, who shouted back and ejected Manuel.

Delgado ended up hitting an RBI single that made it 4-0.

"I'll take one if I can't have three," he said.

Jeter singled in the bottom half and Matsui followed with his sixth home run.

Church connected leading off the sixth to make it 5-2, the second home run Wang has allowed in 10 starts this year. Wright hit a leadoff double in the eighth and scored on Alou's shallow sacrifice fly, chasing Wang.

Brian Schneider and Luis Castillo added two-out RBI singles off Ross Ohlendorf before Reyes' three-run drive made it 11-2.


  • Marlon Anderson started in LF for the Mets and Alou was their DH because Alou's 41-year-old body has felt sore lately.
  • Jeter got his first stolen base of the season.
  • Injured C Jorge Posada (right shoulder) began catching bullpen sessions in an attempt to speed up his rehabilitation. Posada also made throws from 75 and 90 feet, and hopes to return to the Yankees by early June.
  • The Yankees began the day 12th in the AL in runs with 177.
  • Church scored three times and made a sliding catch in RF to save a run in the second.
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Jose Reyes is pumped up after clubbing a three-run blast in the Mets' blowout victory.  (Getty Images)
Jose Reyes is pumped up after clubbing a three-run blast in the Mets' blowout victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

H. Matsui
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
New York

R. Church
AB 4
R 3
H 1
HR 1

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New York Mets
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Marlon Anderson, LF4100000 .214
    Endy Chavez, LF1000000 .174
David Wright, 3B5220000 .283
Carlos Beltran, CF4100111 .252
Ryan Church, RF4312100 .307
Moises Alou, DH3013000 .341
Carlos Delgado, 1B3111100 .230
Brian Schneider, C4111010 .304
Luis Castillo, 2B3111100 .263
2B - Jose Reyes (9, Wang), David Wright (14, Wang)
HR - Jose Reyes (4, Ohlendorf), Ryan Church (9, Wang)
SF - Moises Alou (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (18), Ryan Church 2 (32), Moises Alou 3 (7), Carlos Delgado (19), Brian Schneider (14), Luis Castillo (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (7), Brian Schneider (5), Luis Castillo (6)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Perez-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (W,4-3) 7.2322241 4.25
Joe Smith 0.1000000 2.55
Scott Schoeneweis 1000000 1.38
HBP - Cano (by Oliver Perez), Giambi (by Oliver Perez), Giambi (by Scott Schoeneweis)
WP - Oliver Perez (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 109-68, Joe Smith 5-3, Scott Schoeneweis 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 9-9, Joe Smith 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 29, Joe Smith 1, Scott Schoeneweis 4
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4000011 .250
Bobby Abreu, RF4000011 .280
Derek Jeter, SS3110101 .314
Hideki Matsui, DH4112001 .304
Jason Giambi, 1B1000100 .191
Robinson Cano, 2B3000002 .204
Melky Cabrera, CF4000003 .255
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B3000002 .237
Jose Molina, C3010020 .207
2B - Jose Molina (9, Perez)
HR - Hideki Matsui (6, Perez)
RBI - Hideki Matsui 2 (20)
SB - Derek Jeter (1, 2nd base off Perez/Schneider), Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base off Perez/Schneider)
Team LOB - 5
E - Alberto Gonzalez (1, Dropped fly)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (L,6-2) 7.2677311 3.51
Ross Ohlendorf 0.1344101 6.00
Jose Veras 1000010 1.59
IBB - Church by Chien-Ming Wang, Delgado by Ross Ohlendorf
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 104-66, Ross Ohlendorf 17-9, Jose Veras 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 18-5, Ross Ohlendorf 1-0
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 33, Ross Ohlendorf 5, Jose Veras 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55012
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly