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NY Mets sweep Yankees, Braves brush aside Red Sox

REUTERS , NEW YORK

Ty Wigginton registered his second home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a tie and give the New York Mets a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees in Interleague play on Sunday.

Richard Hidalgo also homered for the fourth straight outing, helping the Mets sweep the three-game Subway Series at Shea Stadium.

The Mets, who lost all six games to the Yankees last year, won the Interleague series against their cross-town rivals for the first time since it started in 1997, taking four of six contests this season.

The Yankees lost despite having 16 hits and overcoming an early 4-1 deficit to tie the game twice on the 74th birthday of their owner George Steinbrenner.

Wigginton had three hits and three RBI for the Mets, who notched eight hits in total. Hidalgo had two hits and scored two runs.

Orber Moreno (2-1) allowed one run on three hits in one inning but still claimed the win for the Mets. Braden Looper pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save of the season.

Tom Gordon (2-3) gave up the winning homer in the eighth and took the loss.

Bernie Williams homered, had four hits and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who won two of three games against the Mets at Yankee Stadium last weekend and were coming off a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

Miguel Cairo had three hits for the Yankees.

In Atlanta, Chipper Jones thumped a two-run homer in a nine-run fifth inning as the Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 10-4.

Mike Hampton (3-8) surrendered four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings for the victory. Derek Lowe (6-8) gave up eight runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

In Baltimore, Bobby Abreu homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Orioles 5-2.

Eric Milton (11-2) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over six innings to tie for the National League lead in wins. Javy Lopez homered for the Orioles.

In St Louis, Jeff Suppan pitched 7 1/3 solid innings as the Cardinals edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1.

Suppan (7-5) allowed one run on four hits with seven strikeouts before Jason Isringhausen picked up the last four outs for his 18th save of the season. Loser Joel Pineiro (4-9) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.

In Houston, Mark Teixeira clubbed two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to help the Texas Rangers destroy the Astros 18-3.

Kevin Mench recorded two home runs and had four hits and four RBI. Hank Blalock also plundered a grand slam homer for Texas while Alfonso Soriano homered.

Morgan Ensberg homered for Houston.

In Cincinnati, Tim Hummel drove in the winning run with an 11th-inning single as the Reds defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-4.

Todd Jones (6-2) pitched the 11th for the win. Matt Lawton homered for the Tribe.

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Canadian Shawn Hill seized his first major league victory with five strong innings as the Montreal Expos edged the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4.

Tony Batista and Carl Everett both drove in two runs for the Expos. Dave Berg had two RBI for the Blue Jays in what may have been the last game between the two Canada-based teams if Montreal moves as expected.

In Phoenix, Randy Johnson threw a complete-game five-hitter for his 10th victory of the season to guide the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins.

In Denver, Vinny Castilla and Royce Clayton both drove in four runs as the Colorado Rockies tied a club record by erasing an eight-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 10-8.

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