Yankees stick it to Santana
Mets ace allows 9 runs in Subway Series finale
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees hammered Johan Santana in the worst start of his career, routing the Mets, 15-0, yesterday at Yankee Stadium in the biggest blowout in the history of the Subway Series.
"Today was a terrible day and that's about it," Santana said. "I didn't locate my fastball today the way it's supposed to be located."
Jeter went 4 for 4 and the Yankees got two-run homers from Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano in a nine-run fourth inning, chasing Santana early to take two of three in the series.
The Yankees set a season high for runs, building a 13-0 cushion for A.J. Burnett (5-3). The Yankees finished with 17 hits, three by No. 9 batter Francisco Cervelli, and pulled several stars before the seventh. It was their largest shutout victory since beating Toronto, 15-0, Sept. 25, 1977, and their biggest at home since routing Detroit by the same score Aug. 4, 1953.
Santana (8-4) didn't look right all day. The velocity on his fastball was down, around 89-90 miles per hour, and he was touched up for four two-out runs in the second. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was finished after Jeter's RBI single made it 7-0, and he was charged with nine runs in three innings plus.
"When you're going up against a guy like that you raise your level because you know that he's one of the best," Nick Swisher said. "And today we got a good piece of him."
Asked if he's worried about his ace, Mets manager Jerry Manuel said: "Not really. Everyone hits a bump in the road every now and then."
Burnett allowed only four singles in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked four in rebounding from a rough start last Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Indians 3, Cardinals 0 - Cliff Lee pitched seven innings of no-hit ball before settling for a three-hitter, and Mark DeRosa got host Cleveland going with an early two-run homer.
Lee (4-6) allowed only two first-inning walks until Yadier Molina opened the eighth with a double down the right-field line. That broke a string of 20 in a row set down by the lefthander, who outpitched another former Cy Young winner, Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter (4-1).
Rockies 7, Mariners 1 - Colorado matched a franchise record with its 11th straight victory, with Chris Iannetta's three-run double breaking it open in the bottom of the fifth.
The Rockies' run ties the Red Sox for the longest streak in the majors this year.
Marlins 11, Blue Jays 3 - A big day by Ronny Paulino (two homers, three runs, three RBIs) supported Josh Johnson (6-1), who tossed a seven-hitter as Florida swept the three-game series in Toronto.
Rays 5, Nationals 4 - Tampa Bay won its fifth straight, completing a three-game sweep of visiting Washington after pinch hitter Willy Aybar hit a go-ahead double off the third base bag in the eighth.
Orioles 11, Braves 2 - Ty Wigginton hit two home runs, Robert Andino drove in three runs, and host Baltimore jumped all over Atlanta's Derek Lowe (7-4), who surrendered six runs in just 2 1/3 innings - his shortest start since Oct. 3, 2004.
Royals 7, Reds 1 - Miguel Olivo homered and drove in four runs and Brian Bannister (5-3) pitched eight sharp innings to best Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (6-4), who actually lowered his NL-leading ERA (2.17) because all five runs against him were unearned. Kansas City swept the three-game series at home.
Giants 7, Athletics 1 - Nate Schierholtz hit an inside-the-park three-run homer, Matt Cain (9-1) pitched a four-hitter for his seventh straight win, and San Francisco sealed a three-game sweep at home.
Angels 6, Padres 0 - Juan Rivera homered twice and Jered Weaver (7-2) pitched his first career shutout to give Los Angeles a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego.
Pirates 6, Tigers 3 - Robinzon Diaz drove in three runs for host Pittsburgh, which capitalized on more wildness by Detroit starter Dontrelle Willis (1-4), who walked eight in 3 2/3 innings.
Dodgers 6, Rangers 3 - Chad Billingsley (9-3) cruised after a shaky first and Casey Blake drove in four runs as Los Angeles won the rubber game in Texas.
White Sox 5, Brewers 4 - A.J. Pierzynski's two-out RBI single in the ninth off previously perfect Trevor Hoffman lifted visiting Chicago over Milwaukee.
Cubs 3, Twins 2 - Ryan Theriot's bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth enabled Chicago to snap a four-game losing streak.
Astros 8, Diamondbacks 3 - Hunter Pence and Lance Berkman went deep as Houston won in Phoenix.