Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 28
New York 5Final
New York 11
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
New York 11Final
New York 2
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
New York 0Final
New York 8

Mets 0

(40-40, 19-22 away)

Yankees 8

(50-31, 24-15 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 30, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: A. Pettitte (2-2)

    L: S. Trachsel (6-7)

    Yankees split Subway series with Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Pettitte impressed everybody at Yankee Stadium, especially his boss.

    Andy Pettitte

    Brining back Andy Pettitte has been a priority for the Yankees.

    Pettitte pitched a three-hitter to win for the first time since April 5, and All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano homered as the New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 8-0 Sunday night.

    "It reminded me of the game he pitched in Atlanta, when we won 1-0,'' said a fired up George Steinbrenner.

    The Yankees owner was recalling Game 5 of the 1996 World Series, when a young Pettitte beat John Smoltz and the Braves in a tense pitching duel. The stakes weren't as high this time, but Pettitte was just as good.

    "Andy needed this one,'' Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "I thought he looked perfect.''

    Soriano and John Vander Wal each drove in two runs for the Yankees, who took two of three in this edition of the Subway Series. The crosstown rivals split six games this year.

    The Mets have never won a season series against the Yankees since interleague play began in 1997, with only two ties -- the other in 1999.

    "Nothing really gets proved,'' Steinbrenner said defiantly in the clubhouse after the game. "The Subway Series is great for the fans, but it's a distraction for the players. It takes the focus off what's important, which is getting to the playoffs and getting to the Series. We've got to stay on Boston. We've got to focus and stay on the AL East.''

    One night after the Mets got 16 hits in an 11-2 rout, Pettitte (2-2) set them down with ease for his third career shutout and first since June 29, 2000, at Detroit. It was his first shutout at Yankee Stadium -- delighting most of the 55,700 fans -- and his 20th career complete game.

    "We ran into a pretty good pitcher,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "That's something that will prevent you from sustaining momentum.''

    Using his hard cutter to get inside against a lineup with seven right-handed batters, Pettitte struck out eight. He gave up just a harmless double and a single to Mo Vaughn, and a ninth-inning bloop single to Roberto Alomar to win for the first time since a 4-0 victory over Tampa Bay in the Yankees' home opener.

    Pettitte walked two in his seventh start of the season and fourth since coming off the disabled list June 14. He missed two months with elbow tendinitis.

    "It's come a lot slower than I thought it would,'' Pettitte said. "I'd like to think I'm a big part of what we've been able to do around here. I've been down on myself. I'm not real patient. To tell you the truth, I kind of forgot what it feels like to be 100 percent. It was nice to be able to finish it off tonight.''

    The Yankees, who will send six players to the All-Star Game, got their first shutout against the Mets and opened a season-high two-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

    The fourth-place Mets fell a season-high 10½ games behind NL East leader Atlanta.

    "We've been in this situation before,'' Mets outfielder Jay Payton said. "It's by no means impossible to make up the ground, but we're going to have to start playing better ball, and soon -- real soon.''

    Vander Wal and Soriano hit back-to-back homers off Steve Trachsel (6-7) with two outs in the third for a 2-0 lead. It was Soriano's 19th of the season after hitting 18 as a rookie last year.

    Rondell White and Vander Wal had consecutive RBI singles in the fourth. Soriano added a sacrifice fly, and Vander Wal scored from first when right fielder Jeromy Burnitz bobbled Derek Jeter's two-out double for an error -- capping a four-run inning.

    Soriano scored again when Armando Benitez walked Bernie Williams with the bases loaded in the eighth, and All-Star Robin Ventura added a sacrifice fly for his 58th RBI.

    Trachsel, bothered by spasms behind his right shoulder, lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs -- five earned -- and six hits. He was 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his previous four starts.

    Game notes

    Yankees manager Joe Torre said RHP Orlando Hernandez will start Friday against Toronto, replacing LHP Ted Lilly in the rotation. ... The Yankees are 18-12 against the Mets in interleague play, not including the 2000 World Series -- won by the Yankees in five games. ... The Mets have never won a game at Yankee Stadium in which they've trailed at any point. ... Mets 3B Edgardo Alfonzo was given the night off and replaced by John Valentin in the starting lineup. ... Pettitte picked Burnitz off first base in the second inning, his 65th career pickoff. ... The Yankees became the first AL team since the 1954 White Sox to have All-Stars at all four infield positions and catcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 1969 Chicago Cubs and 1976 Cincinnati Reds also did it in the NL. ... Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes, of Great Neck, N.Y., threw out the first pitch. ... Actors Billy Crystal and Robin Williams sat together in the owner's box. ... Vander Wal fouled a ball off his right calf and left in the eighth inning. His leg was heavily bandaged after the game; he said that after undergoing more treatment during Monday's off day, he expects to be available Tuesday when the Indians come to Yankee Stadium.

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