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|N.Y. Yankees (43-37)||1||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||6||12||0|
NEW YORK -- Carlos Delgado and the New York Mets kept piling up hits, delaying their trip home for the second half of a rare two-stadium Subway Series doubleheader. They didn't seem to mind spending a little extra time in the Bronx.
"I got lucky," Delgado said. "Every time I came up it seems like they had a lot of guys on base so I got some good pitches to hit and I was able to drive them."
Delgado hit a two-run double off Edwar Ramirez in the fifth inning and his 12th career grand slam in the sixth, a drive against Ross Ohlendorf that landed in one of the last rows of bleachers in right-center. Delgado added a three-run homer in the eighth off LaTroy Hawkins, a drive into a corridor beyond the right-field wall.
"To have this type of game on this type of stage is very impressive," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.
Delgado's nine RBI were one better than Dave Kingman's total for the Mets in an 11-0 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 4, 1976. Delgado's 44th multihomer game gave him 444 home runs for his career, breaking a tie with Kingman for 34th on the major league career list.
Delgado, who turned 36 on Wednesday, entered with just 11 homers and 35 RBI this season. He hit a drive off the bottom of the left-field foul pole in the second of the Mets' two victories in the Bronx last month, but it was mistakenly ruled a foul ball by umpires.
There were no such problems with either of his drives Friday, and the Mets are hoping the big game was enough to get the aging slugger back on track.
"When he gets hot, he gets kind of stupid hot where he can put a team on his shoulders and carry them for a week or two at a time," said David Wright, who tied a career high with four hits. "He's got the ability to be one of the best run producers, RBI machines, in the league when he swings the bat the way he's capable of."
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and scored four runs as the Mets completed their first three-game winning streak and series sweep at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets and Yankees were rained out May 16, leading to the two-borough commute in the last year of both ballparks. The Mets got ready at Shea Stadium and their bus got a police escort to the Bronx. Both teams got the same treatment for the trip back to Queens.
The Mets arrived back at home just over an hour before the night game, with most players still in their gray road uniforms and carrying equipment as they made their way to their clubhouse. The Yankees arrived a little later, dressed in street clothes.
"It's wonderful for fans," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose team got back to New York after midnight following a rainout at Pittsburgh. "Two games in one day, and one at each stadium, you know it's very enjoyable for them."
The Yankees placed Hideki Matsui on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, after the loss and activated right-hander Sidney Ponson, who was scheduled to start the second game. Matsui has been bothered by a sore left knee.
The sellout crowd of 54,978 was split pretty evenly in the opener, with chants of "Let's Go Mets!" followed by rounds of boos from Yankees fans. There was nothing but cheers when a security guard tackled a fan who ran on the field in the sixth.
Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a long home run for the Yankees, who swept the previous three doubleheaders between the two teams. Rodriguez's 15th homer of the season landed in Monument Park in the sixth.
"Some days you throw it and it goes where you want," Giese said. "Some days it goes over the plate."
Manuel improved to 5-4 since he was promoted from bench coach to manager, replacing Willie Randolph, a former Yankees star.
Mike Pelfrey (5-6) struggled through five innings but managed to get the win. He gave up four runs and eight hits.
|A double, a grand slam and a three-run shot and just like that, Carlos Delgado's season is back on track. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||3||2||1||0||2||1||2||.293|
|a- Damion Easley, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||3||5||2||0||3||0||1||.260|
|David Wright, 3B||5||1||4||3||0||0||1||.285|
|b- Andy Phillips, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.136|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||4||1||3||1||0||2||.275|
|Carlos Delgado, DH||5||2||3||9||0||1||1||.235|
|Trot Nixon, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.156|
|Marlon Anderson, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.191|
|Endy Chavez, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Fernando Tatis, 1B-3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Brian Schneider, C||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.259|
|a-grounded out for Reyes in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Wright in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Delgado (13, Ramirez)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (12, Giese), Carlos Delgado 2 (13, Ohlendorf, Hawkins)|
|RBI - David Wright 3 (62), Carlos Beltran 3 (54), Carlos Delgado 9 (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (29), Carlos Delgado 4 (17)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (28, 2nd base off Giese/Posada), Luis Castillo 2 (13, 2nd base off Giese/Posada, 2nd base off Giese/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Luis Castillo (5, Misplayed grounder), Fernando Tatis 2 (3, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (W,5-6)||5||8||4||4||4||5||0||4.47|
|WP - Carlos Muniz (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 98-56, Pedro Feliciano 20-14, Aaron Heilman 15-9, Carlos Muniz 40-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Pedro Feliciano 5, Aaron Heilman 4, Carlos Muniz 9|
|New York Yankees|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||5||0||2||0||1||1||2||.257|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.285|
|Alberto Gonzalez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.180|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||1||0||0||2||1||1||.276|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||2||3||2||0||0||1||.332|
|a- Chad Moeller, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Jason Giambi, DH||3||1||1||1||2||0||1||.267|
|Jorge Posada, C-1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||7||.302|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||0||1||.241|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B-3B||5||1||2||1||0||2||1||.264|
|Justin Christian, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.273|
|b- Johnny Damon, PH-LF||2||0||1||1||0||1||0||.324|
|a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Christian in the 7th|
|2B - Derek Jeter (14, Pelfrey), Robinson Cano (17, Pelfrey), Wilson Betemit (6, Muniz)|
|HR - Alex Rodriguez (15, Feliciano)|
|SH - Derek Jeter (3)|
|RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (43), Jason Giambi (45), Robinson Cano (29), Wilson Betemit (11), Johnny Damon (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (17), Wilson Betemit (6)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|New York Yankees|
|Dan Giese (L,1-3)||4||5||6||6||4||3||1||3.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Giese 96-57, Edwar Ramirez 32-18, Ross Ohlendorf 33-19, LaTroy Hawkins 21-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Giese 3-6, Edwar Ramirez 3-1, Ross Ohlendorf 3-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Dan Giese 21, Edwar Ramirez 8, Ross Ohlendorf 10, LaTroy Hawkins 9|
|Attendance - 54978|
|Game Time - 3:54|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|