Yankees lose pitcher, game

Mets 10 Yankees 7


May 20, 2007

NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine closed within five wins of 300, and the New York Yankees lost yet another pitch er to injury.

David Wright hit a pair of two-run homers off reliever Mike Myers after Darrell Rasner broke his index finger in the first inning, and the New York Mets held off their fading Big Apple rivals, 10-7, yesterday for their second consecutive victory in the Subway Series.

Super sub Endy Chavez had four hits on a rainy afternoon at Shea Sta dium, one day after delivering the go-ahead homer in a 3-2 win over the Yankees. Staked to a six-run lead, Gla vine (5-1) lasted six-plus innings for his 295th career win.

The plummeting Yankees (18-23) lost for the seventh time in nine games and matched their low-water mark in a dismal season. At five games below .500, they are right back where they were when owner George Steinbrenner called his team's 9-14 start "clearly not acceptable."

Perhaps even more disconcerting for a $195 million team that has won nine straight American League East titles, New York fell 11 games behind the division-leading Red Sox going into the second game of Boston's doubleheader against Atlanta.

The Yankees are 1-7 this year against their two biggest rivals, the Red Sox and Mets. All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano made three errors and botched a double-play relay for the Yankees. He also homered, grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on and struck out with runners at the cor ners in the ninth.

Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit consecutive solo homers off the struggling Scott Schoeneweis in the eighth, and Josh Phelps' RBI double against Pedro Feliciano cut it to 8-6. Aaron Heilman retired Derek Jeter with runners at first and third to end the inning.

Closer Billy Wagner took over in the ninth and made an ill-advised throw home that let the Yankees get within 10-7. With the tying run at the plate, Wagner struck out Cano and Phelps to end it.

Pinch hitter Julio Franco drove in a run on a two-out infield single in the eighth. Cano made a diving stop and tried a desperate throw from his rear, but the ball hit his foot and deflected crazily for his third error, which al lowed another run to score and made it 10-6.

The National League East-leading Mets have won nine of 11 overall and can complete a sweep of their crosstown foes tonight with John Maine (5-1, 2.15 ERA) on the mound against Tyler Clippard, who will be making his major league debut.

Listless on offense lately, the Yan kees did break through for 15 hits, in cluding four by Posada. But Rasner's early injury forced the Yankees to use five relievers out of an already over worked bullpen. Rasner (1-3), who lasted only nine pitches, was struck on his pitching hand by Chavez's comebacker in the first, breaking a finger and making him the latest Yankees starter to go down.

Starters Chien-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina have returned from ham string problems, but the Yankees are still waiting for Phil Hughes (ham string) to get healthy and Roger Clemens to round into game shape. Jeff Karstens is recovering from a bro ken leg and Carl Pavano is also side lined - again - with an elbow injury.

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