Mets pin costly loss on Yan­kees

Los Angeles Times - - Sports -

NEW YORK — Endy Chavez turned around the Sub­way Se­ries opener, much like the Mets and Yan­kees have re­versed for­tunes this sea­son.

Chavez’s first home run of the year, a goa­head, two-run shot off Andy Pet­titte in the fifth in­ning, led the New York Mets to a 3-2 vic­tory Fri­day night at Shea Sta­dium that dropped their cross-town ri­vals 10 games back in the Amer­i­can League East for the first time in the Joe Torre era.

Chavez also threw out Johnny Da­mon try­ing to stretch a game-open­ing hit to left into a dou­ble, and the Yan­kees’ sput­ter­ing of­fense rarely threat­ened af­ter that.

Oliver Perez (5-3) lim­ited the Yan­kees to only Hideki Mat­sui’s two-run homer in the fourth in­ning. Af­ter Mat­sui’s homer, the Yan­kees didn’t get a run­ner past first base. Perez gave up five hits in 72⁄ in­nings, struck

3 out five and walked two.

While the Mets (27-14), com­ing off their first Na­tional League East ti­tle since 1988, opened a two-game lead over sec­ond-place At­lanta, the nine-time de­fend­ing AL East cham­pion Yan­kees (18-22) fell 10 games be­hind di­vi­sion-lead­ing Bos­ton.

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