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Giambi, Posada and Matsui homer in third inning

6/29/2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada homered in a rapid-fire third inning, leading Jeff Weaver and the New York Yankees over the Mets 5-3 Sunday night for a season sweep
of the Subway Series.

The largest crowd of the season at Yankee Stadium -- 55,444 -- saw the Yankees finish 6-0 against their city rivals. The Yankees tied their longest winning streak of the year at seven and reached the halfway mark at 51-30.

Mets manager Art Howe was ejected for the first time this season
as his team lost its fifth straight and ninth in 10 games.

Yankees manager Joe Torre, meanwhile, watched Weaver deliver the
kind of performance they've both been waiting for.

Bounced in and out of the rotation lately, Weaver (4-6) had been
0-4 in six starts since his last victory on May 15. Upset after
being tagged for a three-run homer by Jeromy Burnitz in the first
inning, Weaver quickly regained his composure and at one point
retired 14 batters in a row.

Al Leiter (8-5) gave up three homers in an inning for the first
time in his career. They came in a span of only 10 pitches and
accounted for the Yankees' runs.

After Alfonso Soriano walked with one out and Derek Jeter
singled, Giambi hit a high, long drive to left-center. With two
outs, Matsui lined a shot into the right-field seats and Posada
followed with a homer to left.

The inning was set up when Soriano hustled into third base on
Jeter's single, barely beating the throw from center fielder Timo
Perez. Howe, upset by umpire Tim Timmons' strike zone Saturday
night, didn't like Timmons' call at third, either, and was tossed.

Giambi's homer was his 22nd and second in two games. Matsui hit
a grand slam and reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances
during Saturday's two-park doubleheader sweep.

Weaver pitched three-hit ball for seven innings. When Burnitz
homered, the demonstrative pitcher shook both of his hands in
frustration and shouted in disgust. He was booed leaving the mound
when the inning ended.

But in the seventh, the Yankees saw some positive emotion from
Weaver. Cliff Floyd led off with a double, the Mets' first hit
since Burnitz homered, and Burnitz popped out.

Weaver hopped off the mound when he struck out Ty Wigginton with
a sidearm breaking ball, then slammed his right hand into his glove
when he retired Jason Phillips on a fly ball to preserve the
two-run lead.

Chris Hammond worked a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera
pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

The Yankees became the first team to sweep a season series in
the New York-New York matchup, outscoring the Mets 39-19. The
Yankees, of course, beat the Mets in the most meaningful Subway
Series of all, the five-game World Series in 2000.

Game notes
Mets LHP John Franco tweaked his right foot when he stepped
awkwardly on first base while covering the bag in the seventh
inning. After a few warmups, he stayed in the game. ... Howe,
Burnitz and Mets RHP David Weathers were ejected in the six-game
Subway Series. No Yankees were thrown out. ... Leiter walked six in
six innings. He's walked exactly six in four of his last eight
starts. ... The Yankees hit consecutive homers for the second
straight game. Soriano and Jeter led off Saturday night's game at
Shea Stadium with shots.