Wells gives up 12 hits, but Yanks pull through

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Wells looked downright uncomfortable,
bothered by all the basehits on a hot, humid evening.

Somehow, he still hung on.

Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi hit early two-run doubles and
Wells made them stand up, leading the New York Yankees over the New
York Mets 6-4 Friday night.

Wells (10-2) won despite allowing 12 hits -- one shy of his
career high -- in just six innings.

"I was fighting myself, left and right," he said. "I couldn't
keep the ball down to save my life. And when I did, I telegraphed

Wells appeared miserable, waving his glove and craning his neck
as the hits flew.

"I was mad at me," he said.

The Yankees turned two double plays behind him. Tony Clark
grounded into one with the bases loaded to end the third inning and
Roger Cedeno grounded into another to finish the fourth.

"That's huge, or the game might've been 15-6, them," Wells

A crowd of 55,226 at Yankee Stadium saw the Yankees improve to
3-0 against the Mets in interleague play this season. The teams
will meet in a two-park doubleheader Saturday, starting in the
Bronx by day and moving to Shea Stadium at night.

Wells managed to earn his 195th career victory, helped by the
Yankees' bats -- they've averaged about 7{ runs in his starts. He
won his fourth straight decision while the Yankees won their fourth
in a row overall.

The Mets have dropped six of seven.

"We swung the bats real well," Mets manager Art Howe said.
"We had energy. It just wasn't enough."

After Chris Hammond pitched two scoreless innings, Dan Miceli
worked the ninth for his first save since Aug. 19, 2001, with

Miceli, acquired Wednesday from Cleveland, made his Yankees'
debut Thursday at Tampa Bay and did well, getting two outs in the
eighth inning.

Jae Seo (5-3) had won four starts in a row, but the Yankees
quickly put an end to that streak.

Seo took the mound with a 2-0 lead and gave it back right away.
And, in a rare departure, the rookie seemed to become rattled.

Alfonso Soriano led off with a single and Seo hit Derek Jeter
with a pitch. After Giambi walked on five pitches to load the bases
with no outs, Ruben Sierra hit a sacrifice fly and Matsui followed
with a double for a 3-2 lead.

"Giving up that leadoff hit to Soriano really upset me," Seo
said through a translator. "Giving up that double to Matsui really
got to me."

The Mets made it 3-all in the second on a hustling double by
rookie Jose Reyes and a single by Cedeno, and again the Yankees
came back.

Juan Rivera and Soriano singled in the bottom half and Giambi
hit a long double to center for a 5-3 lead.

Wells got Clark to ground into an inning-ending double play with
the bases loaded and one out in third. Clark hit his ninth home run
in the sixth.

Raul Mondesi hit an RBI single in the Yankees' sixth and Dan
Wheeler later relieved with the bases loaded and one out. Wheeler
did his job, retiring Soriano on a shallow fly and striking out

Game notes
The Yankees are 21-12 against the Mets in regular-season
games. ... Mets C Jason Phillips knocked off Jeter's helmet while
scrambling for a ball that skittered away from the plate in the
sixth. ... Cliff Floyd returned to the Mets' lineup as the DH. He
did not play Wednesday or Thursday against Florida, and has been
bothered all year by an inflamed left Achilles' tendon. He went
1-for-4. ... Wells gave up 13 hits on May 23, 2001, while pitching
for the Chicago White Sox against Toronto. ... Actor Christopher
Reeve visited the Yankees outside their clubhouse before the game.
... Wells has given up only one walk in his last seven outings, a
span of 46 1-3 innings. ... Mets SS Rey Sanchez played his first
rehab game, going 1-for-4 for Double-A Binghamton.