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Church, Reyes star as Mets pound Yankees

May 19, 2008 - 4:31 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BRONX, New York (Ticker) - The New York Mets entered the "Subway Series" battling inconsistency and potential controversy. By the time they finished, things were a lot better for manager Willie Randolph and his players.

Ryan Church and Jose Reyes homered as the Mets pulled away for an 11-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

Oliver Perez (4-3) won his second straight start by turning in his longest outing of the season. He lasted 7 2/3 innings and held the Yankees to two runs and just three hits.

The Mets completed their first sweep at Yankee Stadium in the 12-year history of interleague play. They did so after limping into the series having dropped three of four to Washington.

"I'm glad we won," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "We needed the W's (wins). But we've got to keep the thing going. We can't be satisfied with coming here and winning the series. We got more important (series) as far as standings coming up in Atlanta. So I want to keep this intensity and take this momentum and go play the same type of baseball with the same intensity that we played with this weekend."

"It's gratifying to me when my guys start swinging the bat and playing baseball well," Randolph said. "We had a rough couple of games this week and to come in and play well against this team makes me feel good."

The finale of that series was a 1-0 loss on Thursday that saw the Mets commit baserunning blunders to run themselves out of the final two innings and had closer Billy Wagner openly wonder why he was being interviewed by reporters after a game in which he did not play.

Wagner unleashed a pair of expletives during a postgame rant Thursday which led to a Randolph calling a team meeting before Friday's rainout. By the time the series ended, it was the Mets who left the Yankees frustrated.

"They were beating our butts," Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon said. "It was embarrassing."

The Mets roughed up Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang (6-2) and Ross Ohlendorf with a pair of big innings. They got four runs in the fourth and six more in the eighth.

"It's a big lift," Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado said. "We played pretty good baseball the last couple of days."

The Mets would have had more in that fourth had they not left the bases loaded and had umpires award a three-run home run to Carlos Delgado. After initially awarding the slugger a home run on a ball that ricocheted off the left field foul pole, third base umpire reversed the call and ruled it a foul ball.

Delgado instead capped his at-bat with one out in the inning with an RBI single that staked the Mets to a 4-0 lead.

Hideki Matsui hit a two-run home run for the Yankees, who have dropped eight of 11. They have scored just 31 runs in that span and continued to struggle offensively as Sunday marked the seventh time they failed to score more than three runs.

"I really don't care who we lose to," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. "I just don't want to lose. It doesn't feel better if you lose to Tampa Bay vs. the Mets. It doesn't make a difference."

Church homered in the fifth for a 5-2 lead before the Mets turned the game into a rout. They scored four runs in the eighth before Reyes deposited an 0-1 pitch into the right-center field seats for an 11-2 edge.

The Mets scored 18 runs in the sweep and also got RBI singles from Alou, Brian Schneider and Luis Castillo.

"We haven't had (clutch hits) two days in a row," Church said. "This is one of the first times that we actually we able to do it."

Wang lasted 7 2/3 innings and was tagged for seven runs and six hits en route to his second straight defeat.

"We went up against one of baseball's best today," Wright said. "First time through the lineup, he threw the ball extremely well and I thought we as an offense did well the second time around (and) made some adjustments."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY METS 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 6 0 11 9 0
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYM - OLIVER PEREZ, JOE SMITH (8TH), SCOTT SCHOENEWEIS (9TH) AND
    BRIAN SCHNEIDER
    NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG, ROSS OHLENDORF (8TH), JOSE VERAS
    (9TH) AND JOSE MOLINA

    HO

    May 18 11:07 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSE REYES (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF ROSS OHLENDORF SCORED BRIAN SCHNEIDER AND LUIS
    CASTILLO.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 11, NY YANKEES 2
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: E CHAVEZ (.178, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Mets 11, Yankees 2  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 18 10:40 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LUIS CASTILLO SCORED CARLOS DELGADO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, L CASTILLO ON FIRST, B SCHNEIDER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 8
    NY YANKEES 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: J REYES (.262, 1-FOR-4)

    Mets 8, Yankees 2  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 18 10:38 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER SCORED RYAN CHURCH.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B SCHNEIDER ON FIRST, C DELGADO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 7
    NY YANKEES 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: L CASTILLO (.257, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mets 7, Yankees 2  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 18 10:35 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MOISES ALOU SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CHURCH ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 6
    NY YANKEES 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C DELGADO (.230, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Mets 6, Yankees 2  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 18 10:30 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN CHURCH (9) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF CHIEN-MING WANG.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 5, NY YANKEES 2
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ALOU (.350, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Mets 5, Yankees 2  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 18 9:55 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (6) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF OLIVER PEREZ SCORED DEREK JETER.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 4, NY YANKEES 2
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.193, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Mets 4, Yankees 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 18 9:27 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS DELGADO SCORED RYAN CHURCH.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C DELGADO ON FIRST, M ALOU ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 4
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.303, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 4, Yankees 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 18 9:16 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MOISES ALOU SCORED DAVID WRIGHT AND CARLOS
    BELTRAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ALOU ON FIRST, R CHURCH ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 3
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C DELGADO (.227, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 3, Yankees 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 18 9:08 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY RYAN CHURCH SCORED MARLON ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CHURCH ON FIRST, C BELTRAN ON SECOND, D
    WRIGHT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 1
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ALOU (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 1, Yankees 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 18 9:07 PM
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