Met's mastery undone

Pedro's effort goes for naught

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2005


  New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch to the New York Yankees in the second inning Sunday, May 22, 2005 at Shea Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch to the New York Yankees in the second inning Sunday, May 22, 2005 at Shea Stadium in New York.

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

NEW YORK — After Pedro Martinez dominated his old nemesis, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams rallied the New York Yankees to victory in the first Subway Series of the season.

Matsui tied the score with a two-run single off Roberto Hernandez and scored on a double by Williams as the Yankees took advantage of two eighth-inning errors to beat the Mets 5-3 Sunday.

The Yankees took two of three at Shea Stadium, getting both wins with the help of the Mets' shoddy defense.

Martinez left with a 3-1 lead after seven sterling innings and Dae-Sung Koo, one of the Mets' stars on Saturday, started the eighth.

Tony Womack reached when third baseman David Wright dropped his one-out grounder for an error, and Ruben Sierra followed with a potential double-play grounder to second. Miguel Cairo tossed the ball to Jose Reyes, but the young shortstop dropped it as he came across the bag for another error.

Hernandez (2-2) relieved and after a double steal and an out, gave up Matsui's hit and Williams' double. Tino Martinez added a run-scoring single in the ninth off Mike DeJean.

Carl Pavano (4-2) won his fourth straight decision. He allowed three runs, but two were unearned due to Rodriguez's team-high seventh error.

Mariano Rivera finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Cubs 4, White Sox 3

CHICAGO — Mark Prior tossed a six-hitter, Jason Dubois hit a three-run homer and the Cubs averted a three-game sweep.

Prior (4-1) got his first win since April 25, despite giving up homers to Jermaine Dye, Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko.

Prior struck out seven and walked one in his first complete game since August 15, 2003, against the Dodgers.

Dubois' homer off reliever Luis Vizcaino (2-2) spoiled the major league debut of White Sox rookie Brandon McCarthy, who'd been called up from Triple-A Charlotte when Orlando Hernandez was put on the disabled list Sunday.

The 21-year-old McCarthy allowed just four hits and was charged with two runs in 5 1-3 innings, walking one and striking out six.

Red Sox 5, Braves 2

BOSTON — Matt Clement was perfect except for two innings and remained unbeaten after pitching the first complete game of the season for the Red Sox.

Clement improved to 5-0 for the first time in his career, allowing four hits, striking out seven and walking none.

Boston tied it in the fifth and went ahead 5-2 in the sixth on David Ortiz's RBI double and a two-run homer by Manny Ramirez off Roman Colon (0-1). The World Series MVP finally seems to be emerging from a long slump that dropped his batting average to .229 entering the game but was .242 after he went 3-for-5.

John Smoltz struggled through 4 2-3 innings but didn't allow a run until the fifth, when Boston tied it at 2 after stranding eight runners through four innings.

Nationals 9, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO — Jose Guillen hit a three-run double, Tony Blanco added his first major league homer and starter Tomo Ohka (3-3) pitched eight strong innings for Washington, which avoided a three-game sweep.

Shea Hillenbrand homered for the Blue Jays.

Blanco hit the Nationals' first three-run homer of the year off Vinnie Chulk in the seventh.

Rangers 2, Astros 0

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chan Ho Park pitched seven sharp innings, Mark Teixeira homered and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Houston.

Park (4-1) allowed six hits, struck out two and didn't issue a walk. He went at least six innings for the fifth time this season.

The Astros lost their fifth in a row and fell to 2-19 on the road, worst in the major leagues.

Brian Shouse threw a perfect eighth, and Francisco Cordero struck out three in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances to finish Texas' third shutout of the season.

Royals 9, Cardinals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Buck's homer capped a nightmarish first inning for St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein, whose two errors led to six unearned runs.

Eckstein, who topped all major league shortstops last year with a .988 fielding percentage for Anaheim, made a third error in the second inning, leaving him just two short of the major league record.

Ryan Jensen (1-0), called up from Triple-A Omaha this week, went five innings for his first major league victory since 2002 as the Royals snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals and a 10-game slide in interleague play.

Jeff Suppan (3-5) was charged with nine runs — three earned — in five innings. He gave up nine hits and struck out five.

Phillies 7, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Cory Lidle pitched a six-hitter, and Pat Burrell went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk to lead Philadelphia. Mike Lieberthal also homered for last-place Philadelphia, which took two of three from the first-place Orioles.

Miguel Tejada homered for Baltimore, now 14-11 at home compared to 13-5 on the road.

Lidle (4-3) struck out four and walked one in his 11th career complete game, the first this season.

Marlins 8, Devil Rays 5

MIAMI — Juan Encarnacion had a two-run double and pinch-hitter Juan Pierre delivered a two-run single during a seven-run sixth inning, and Florida completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Damion Easley also had two RBIs for the Marlins, who improved to 25-15 — 17-6 at home — against their intrastate rival.

The Devil Rays, losers of nine of 11, finished their road trip 2-8, with eight of the 10 games decided by one or two runs.

John Riedling (1-0) pitched an inning in relief of Brian Moehler, who gave up one run in five innings.

Indians 9, Reds 2

CINCINNATI — Cliff Lee struck out a season-high seven, and Casey Blake had three hits and three RBIs to lead Cleveland over Cincinnati.

The Indians took two of three in the series, giving them a 21-15 advantage since the intrastate rivals started playing in 1997. They'll have a three-game rematch at Jacobs Field on June 24-26.

Twins 6, Brewers 5, 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior Spivey mishandled Luis Rod-riguez's grounder for an error with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and Shannon Stewart hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth as Minnesota rallied for a victory.

Rodriguez hit a hard grounder, and with the infield playing in, Spivey bobbled the ball and could not recover in time to make a play.

Twins starter Johan Santana didn't allow a hit until he gave up Brady Clark's homer with two outs in the sixth inning.

Dodgers 6, Angels 2

LOS ANGELES — Derek Lowe pitched seven effective innings, Ricky Ledee and Jason Phillips homered, and the Dodgers salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

Mariners 5, Padres 0

SEATTLE — Aaron Sele threw a four-hitter for his first complete game in nearly three years.

Jeremy Reed had three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who snapped San Diego's eight-game winning streak Saturday night and took two of three from the Padres to earn their first winning homestand since last July.

Sele (3-4) struck out three and walked one in his ninth career shutout and 15th complete game.

Diamondbacks 1, Tigers 0

DETROIT — Javier Vazquez pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout since 2003, and Craig Counsell's RBI single in the eighth inning sent the Arizona over the Tigers.

Vazquez (5-3) struck out seven and won for the fifth time in seven starts.

He hasn't walked a batter since April 25 and has lasted at least seven innings without allowing more than two runs in seven consecutive starts.

Rockies 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURG — Joe Kennedy won on the road for the first time this season and the Colorado Rockies, helped by an uncharacteristically sloppy Pittsburgh defense, beat the Pirates 4-3 Sunday for only their third road victory all season.

Pirates center fielder Tike Redman went 6-for-10 in the series, but dropped an easy flyball by Kennedy that would have ended the fourth inning but instead helped the Rockies to the first of consecutive two-run innings.

Giants 3, Athletics 1

SAN FRANCISCO — Moises Alou hit a two-run homer and Noah Lowry ended a six-start winless stretch with seven sharp innings.

Alou connected for his fifth homer with a solo shot to left in the sixth against Barry Zito (1-5).

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