Mets 7, Yankees 2
NEW YORK -- The beleaguered New York Mets dejectedly walked into Yankee Stadium carrying the weight of an eight-game skid that led to three coaches getting fired. The Mets also knew they were facing a pitcher who hadn't lost in more than a year.The scene in the Mets clubhouse was markedly different after they snapped their skid and Roger Clemens' streak of 20 consecutive wins with a 7-2 defeat of the New York Yankees on Sunday night.
"It feels good to be standing here not answering questions about what went wrong," winning pitcher Al Leiter (5-3) said.
Lots has gone wrong for the Mets since they won at Pittsburgh on May 26. They came home and were swept in three-game series by Arizona and Cincinnati. They then lost the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
"You know eventually you are going to get one in the left column," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "But with Clemens pitching, I wasn't sure if tonight was the night."
To increase the pressure, GM Steve Phillips fired pitching coach Bob Apodaca, bullpen coach Randy Niemann and hitting coach Tom Robson on Saturday night. And Valentine acknowledged his job could be next.
But the Mets put it all together in their first game with new coaches Dave Wallace (pitching), Mickey Brantley (hitting) and Al Jackson (bullpen). They got a rare strong start and had clutch hits with runners in scoring position.
A third streak also ended at Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter went 0-for-4, failing to reach base by hit or walk for the first time all season. Jeter had reached safely in all 53 games this season and 57 straight dating to last year.
Clemens' streak ends up tied with Rube Marquard for third longest in major league history. Carl Hubbell has the major league mark of 24, set with the Giants in 1936-37.
"It was fun while it lasted for what that's worth," said Clemens (5-1), who lost for the first time since May 29,1998.
REDS 14, ROYALS 3: Sean Casey had a career-high five hits and Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep. The Reds have won eight in a row, all on the road.
Barry Larkin went 4-for-4 and Greg Vaughn drove in four runs. This was Cincinnati's first trip to Kansas City since the 1889 Red Stockings played the Kansas City Cowboys in the American Association.
BRAVES 3, RED SOX 2 (10): Javy Lopez had the winning hit for the second straight day as Atlanta won at Fenway Park.
Lopez, hit in the helmet by a pitch earlier in the game, had a two-out single in the 10th. A day earlier, he delivered a two-run double in the ninth off Tom Gordon.
CARDINALS 8, TIGERS 4: St. Louis unleashed a Mac attack to win at Tiger Stadium. The Cardinals won two of three in their first trip to Detroit since the 1968 World Series.
Joe McEwing, Willie McGee and Mark McGwire, the first three batters in the St. Louis lineup, each contributed at the plate. McGwire singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, RANGERS 2: Andy Benes struck out a season-high 10 and Arizona beat visiting Texas.
Juan Gonzalez homered and drove in both runs for the Rangers. He has 998 RBIs in his career.
PHILLIES 11, ORIOLES 7: Mike Lieberthal hit two homers and two doubles, driving in four runs as Philadelphia won at Camden Yards.
Scott Rolen also homered for the Phillies. Cal Ripken hit his 389th home run for Baltimore, tying Johnny Bench for 33rd place on the career list.
WHITE SOX 4, PIRATES 3: Frank Thomas reached 1,000 RBIs for his career, and the White Sox won at Comiskey Park.
Thomas made it to the milestone with an RBI single in the first inning. He later added a two-run single.
ANGELS 7, DODGERS 5: Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer and Darin Erstad also homered for the Angels, who averted a sweep at Los Angeles. Gary Sheffield connected for the Dodgers.
ATHLETICS 7, GIANTS 6: Oakland ended its eight-game road losing streak as Matt Stairs hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning at San Francisco.
MARLINS 11, DEVIL RAYS 6: Rookie Bruce Aven hit his second grand slam of the season and Tim Hyers connected for the first two home runs of his career as Florida finished off a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay.
BLUE JAYS 9, EXPOS 2: Tony Fernandez homered, doubled and drove in three runs at SkyDome as Toronto improved to 7-3 against Montreal.
INDIANS 4, CUBS 2: At Cleveland, David Justice homered for the third straight day and Roberto Alomar had three RBIs.
TWINS 13, ASTROS 6: Javier Valentin homered, tripled and doubled as Minnesota got a season-high 21 hits at the Metrodome. Valentin had a chance to become the first Twins player to hit for the cycle since Kirby Puckett in 1986, but flied out in the eighth inning.
MARINERS 4, PADRES 1: Tom Lampkin homered and hit an RBI double against his former team as Seattle avoided a sweep at San Diego.
ROCKIES 10, BREWERS 5: At Denver, Colorado hit a team-record four home runs in an eight-run seventh inning.
Henry Blanco's two-run homer off Scott Karl (5-5) tied the game at 4. Neifi Perez, Dante Bichette and Angel Echevarria hit homers against reliever David Weathers.