Andy Pettitte is solid and is backed by three home runs in a 5-0 victory.
By Associated Press
Published June 21, 2003
NEW YORK - The Yankees used some familiar faces to overcome an unfamiliar Mets team Friday.
Andy Pettitte shut down the Mets for seven innings and the Yankees got consecutive home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter to win the opener of the Subway Series 5-0.
Jason Giambi also homered as the Yankees again got the better of the heated rivalry, beating the Mets for the 19th time in 31 regular-season games. The Yankees also won the 2000 World Series in five games.
With Mike Piazza out, no one in the Mets' starting lineup played in that Series and three players had never faced the Yankees.
The Yankees had many Subway Series veterans. Jeter was the MVP of the 2000 Series, Pettitte started the clincher at Shea Stadium and Mariano Rivera, who finished Friday's game, saved two games.
Jeter went 3-for-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 55,386, improving his average against the Mets to .360, including the World Series.
"I enjoy it," he said. "It doesn't mean you're going to be successful, but I enjoy being in big games. Obviously, playing the Mets is a big game."
The Yankees have won seven of eight since being no-hit by six Houston pitchers June 11.
Soriano, coming off a 7-for-39 homestand, hit the second pitch of the third into the leftfield bullpen. Jeter followed with a drive over the centerfield fence.
Ruben Sierra hit a run-scoring double in the eighth, and Giambi added a two-run home run in the ninth.
Pettitte had his second straight strong start since being knocked out in the second against the Cubs on June 8.
He had only one perfect inning through five but worked out of trouble when he needed to, holding the Mets hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Pettitte got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first when Vance Wilson grounded out then worked out of a second-and-third, one-out situation in the fifth by retiring Joe McEwing and Cliff Floyd.
Pettitte settled down late, retiring his final eight batters. He allowed five hits and two walks, striking out eight.
"It's embarrassing when you go out and throw two innings like in Chicago," Pettitte said. "I know I'm not going to dominate guys and throw a shutout every time out. I just want to make quality starts and give us a chance to win."