Ruben Sierra hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first
inning, then put away the contest with a two-run single in the
seventh as the Yankees outslugged the New York Mets, 11-6, to
complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.
After dropping Saturday's opener, the Yankees increased the lead
against their crosstown rivals to 26-13 since the start of
interleague play in 1997.
The Yankees appeared to deliver an early knockout blow after
opening a 6-0 lead in the first inning, but Mike Mussina gave up
three solo homers, including two to Richard Hidalgo, and
allowed the Mets to climb back into the game.
Mussina (9-4) pitched well enough to record his eighth straight
win, allowing five runs - four earned - and seven hits in
six-plus innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
After the Mets closed to 7-5 in the top of the seventh, the
Yankees regained a six-run cushion in the bottom half against
former teammate Mike Stanton, who surrendered two-run singles to
Sierra and Miguel Cairo.
Ginter (1-2) was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3
innings. He also gave up a solo homer to Cairo in the fourth
that made it 7-2.