Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 6/14)

Game 1: Friday, June 14
New York 4Final
in 10
New York 2
Game 2: Saturday, June 15
New York 0Final
New York 8
Game 3: Sunday, June 16
New York 2Final
New York 3

Yankees 4

(43-24, 21-10 away)

Mets 2

(32-34, 14-14 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 14, 2002

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: S. Karsay (3-2)

    L: S. Komiyama (0-3)

    Ventura wins game with two-run homer

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Robin Ventura delivered the biggest blow to the New York Mets: beating his former team with an extra-inning home run.

    Robin Ventura

    Reuters

    The Yankees' Robin Ventura watches his 16th homer of the season clear the fence in the 10th inning.

    On a night the New York Yankees delivered more punishment to their intracity rivals with both batted and thrown balls, Ventura's two-run homer in the 10th inning capped a late rally and dealt the Mets a crushing 4-2 loss Friday.

    "I have no hard feelings with these guys,'' Ventura said. "I understand the game. They wanted to make a change and they took a chance. You don't sit there and gloat about it. But I'm glad that we won.''

    After Derek Jeter tied it in the ninth with a two-out single off Mets closer Armando Benitez, the Yankees won the opener of the highly anticipated Subway Series in the 10th.

    Jorge Posada led off with a line drive off Satoru Komiyama (0-3) that eluded center fielder Timo Perez for a double. That brought up Ventura, traded to the Yankees in December as the Mets tried to add more power to their lineup.

    Ventura hit a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right-center -- almost the same spot he hit his Grand Slam Single against Atlanta in the 2000 NLCS -- for his 16th homer. Ventura has four more homers than any Met.

    "That's Robin. He lulls you to sleep because he's not hitting well, then he hits one out of the ballpark,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.

    Steve Karsay (3-2) got four outs for the win, retiring Edgardo Alfonzo with two on and two outs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

    The Mets have lost nine of 13 to fall 7½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

    "We play these guys tough,'' Valentine said. "We just didn't execute.''

    This 4-hour, 36-minute game was quite a warmup for Saturday's main event, when Roger Clemens comes to Shea Stadium to hit and pitch for the first time since beaning Mike Piazza and throwing a shattered bat in his direction two years ago.

    There was less intensity than usual for a Subway Series contest as a steady rain kept many of the 54,069 fans who bought tickets home and the game was played at an excruciatingly slow pace.

    But the late theatrics more than made up for it.

    "We can talk all we want about these being regular games but they're not,'' Yankees reliever Mike Stanton said. "There's a little bit extra. Both sides are going to bring their 'A' game.''

    The Mets sloshed their way to a 2-0 lead after four innings against Andy Pettitte before Sterling Hitchcock brought a little excitement to the game in the fifth.

    With two outs and a man on first, Hitchcock hit Jeromy Burnitz in the top of the helmet with a 1-2 pitch. The ball bounced out toward the pitcher's mound.

    Burnitz yelled at Hitchcock as he walked to first base and home plate umpire Mark Carlson warned both teams. Carlson talked to Mets starter Steve Trachsel before the start of the sixth inning.

    "I don't think he was throwing at his head,'' Valentine said. "With a man on first, I don't think he was trying to hit him.''

    The buildup to this series centered on the question of whether the Mets would retaliate against Clemens. They did little to get even for this beaning and the fans weren't happy about it, booing Trachsel when he didn't hit Jeter to open the sixth.

    Burnitz left the game in the seventh inning and is day-to-day.

    The Yankees dished out more punishment in the eighth when Jason Giambi hit a line drive that glanced off pitcher David Weathers' shoulder and hit him in the cheek for a single. Bernie Williams followed with an RBI single in the inning to make it 2-1.

    The Yankees then tied it in the ninth. Rookie Marcus Thames doubled with one out in the ninth off Benitez to set up Jeter's hit.

    "I made a good pitch, he hit a good pitch,'' Benitez said. "There's nothing I can do. Sometimes you come with your good stuff and you get beat.''

    Jeter had been 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in his career against Benitez before the broken-bat hit.

    "If you worry about what you've done in the past, you're going to be an automatic out,'' Jeter said. "You have to enjoy the competition and want to be there.''

    Pettitte wasn't sharp in his first start after missing two months with tendinitis in his left elbow. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first before allowing two runs in a 44-pitch third.

    Pettitte walked Alfonzo with the bases loaded and Posada's passed ball scored the second run. Pettitte allowed two runs -- one earned -- five hits and three walks in four innings.

    "He milked himself early, but he came through it fine physically,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

    The Yankees threatened against Trachsel but couldn't come up with a key hit when they needed it. They had baserunners on in each of the first six innings, but were 0-for-10 in that span with runners on base.

    Game notes


    Jeter stole a career-high three bases, giving him 15 on the season. ... The Mets were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. ... Trachsel allowed three hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings.

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