Pedro, Mets conquer old foes

Associated Press
Published June 25, 2005

NEW YORK - Even Pedro Martinez is beating the New York Yankees.

Martinez dominated his old nemesis for eight innings, Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran homered and the Mets hit four sacrifice flies in a 6-4 Subway Series victory Friday night.

The Mets, who dropped two of three to the Yankees at Shea Stadium last month, overcame Derek Jeter's leadoff homer when Ramon Castro, Jose Reyes and Mike Cameron set a National League record by hitting three sacrifice flies in the second inning, a rally fueled by a pair of errors.

Mets manager Willie Randolph got a victory in his first trip back to Yankee Stadium, where he won two World Series titles as a player and four more as a coach.

A sellout crowd of 55,297 was largely quiet as Mike Mussina failed to revive the on-and-off Yankees, who have lost four of five after starting their 13-game homestand with six straight wins. There were even cheers of "Let's go Mets!" in the ninth as the Yankees dropped to 0-26 when scoring three runs or fewer.

After going 0-3 in his previous six starts against the Yankees, Martinez was greeted by a "Still Your Daddy!!" sign hanging from the second deck on the third-base side, a reminder of his frustrations against New York while pitching for the Boston Red Sox last year. But by the middle innings the sign was gone.

Martinez allowed two runs and six hits, retiring 15 of 16 batters in a stretch that began when he struck out Bernie Williams to end the third and strand two runners.

Alex Rodriguez's two-out single in the eighth ended that stretch, and Beltran jumped at the center-field wall to catch Hideki Matsui's drive, with Martinez raising his right fist in triumph as Beltran fell to the warning track.

Mussina gave up five runs - four earned - and six hits in six innings. The two homers he allowed raised the total for Yankees' pitchers to nine in their last four games.

After Jeter's 14th homer leading off the first inning put the Yankees ahead, the sac flies gave the Mets a 3-1 lead in the second.

Castro's sacrifice fly to right tied it 1-all as Wright took third. Reyes' sac fly to center was dropped by Williams for an error, Mussina's wild pickoff throw to second advanced the runners and Cameron hit a sac fly to right.

Floyd hit his 18th homer in the third, but Rodriguez had an RBI single in the bottom half. Beltran, in a 3-for-27 slide, made it 5-2 in the fifth with his ninth homer - all but one have come in games started by Martinez.

Williams also stranded runners at second and third when he hit an inning-ending grounder in the first.