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Yankee rookie sees Mets' hitting clinic

AMERICAN BASEBALL Brad Halsey of the Yankees gave up six runs in the fourth inning and the Mets never looked back in an all New York extravaganza


Vladimir Guerrero of the Angles celebrates his solo home run against the Dodgers during the first inning in Los Angeles, Saturday.


Al Leiter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and the New York Mets beat up rookie Brad Halsey in a six-run fourth that propelled them past the New York Yankees 9-3 on Saturday.

In his first major league game against Hideki Matsui, Kaz Matsui -- who isn't related -- hit a two-run single that opened up a 6-2 lead. Jose Reyes had a big single and a key stolen base, and every Mets starter except Mike Cameron had a hit.

"The atmosphere, the energy, the voltage was high," Kaz Matsui said after playing his first game at Yankee Stadium. "There's probably nothing like it anywhere else."

The Mets finished with 12 hits and stopped a seven-game losing streak against their crosstown rival, pulling back to .500 at 36-36.

"They beat us up," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "There's not much to talk about. We couldn't get them out."

Derek Jeter, celebrating his 30th birthday, was a quiet 2-for-4 for the Yankees, who are 24-13 against the Mets in the regular season since interleague play began in 1997. Alex Rodriguez, in his first game against the Mets since he was dealt to the Yankees last winter, was 0-for-5 and stranded seven runners, including five on second or third.

Phillies 9, Red Sox 2

In Boston, Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 26th home run as Philadelphia took advantage of a season-high four Boston errors to score five unearned runs.

A day after Boston broke out with an eight-run inning and 12 runs in all -- Philadelphia's worst loss of the season -- the Phillies responded with a big inning of their own. They scored five in the fourth to break open the game -- four unearned, thanks to errors by pitcher Bronson Arroyo and first baseman Kevin Millar.

Thome's homer was his 14th of the month, one shy of the franchise record set by Cy Williams in May, 1923. It was his 10th homer in 13 interleague games -- and his 44 since interleague play began in 1997 are the most in the majors.

Ryan Madson (5-2) allowed four hits and struck out four in 2 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 10, Expos 5

In Toronto, Miguel Batista pitched seven strong innings, and Frank Menechino and Reed Johnson hit home runs to lead Toronto over Montreal.

The Blue Jays won despite missing their top three hitters: first baseman Carlos Delgado, center fielder Vernon Wells and left fielder Frank Catalanotto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right groin.

White Sox 6, Cubs 3

In Chicago, Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered in a five-run third to back a solid six-inning effort from rookie right-hander Felix Diaz as the Chicago White Sox downed the Cubs.

Jose Valentin added a solo homer in the seventh for the White Sox, who lead the majors in scoring and tied the interleague series between the teams at 1-1.

Diaz (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits for his first big league victory in a frenetic setting at US Cellular Field. Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances, extending his scoreless streak to 25 1-3 innings.

Angels 7, Dodgers 5

In Los Angeles, Garret Anderson's second two-run homer drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth, and Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run shot and scored three times to help Anaheim rally past Los Angeles.

Anderson's sixth homer off Guillermo Mota (3-3) followed a leadoff single by Guerrero and snapped a 5-5 tie.

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