Cedeno and Leiter star in Mets win over Yanks


NEW YORK, Reuters

Al Leiter pitched seven solid innings and Roger Cedeno had three hits and drove in two runs, leading the New York Mets to an 11-2 thumping of the New York Yankees in Interleague play on Saturday.

Cedeno also stole home in the fourth inning as the Mets evened the series between the two cross-town rivals at Yankee Stadium.

Jay Payton also had three hits for the Mets.

Leiter (8-6) went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Vance Wilson, Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza all homered and had two hits each. Wilson also two RBI.

Ted Lilly (3 6) was the loser, lasting four innings and allowing six runs — five earned — on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

Derek Jeter homered and had two hits for the Yankees.

Alfonso Soriano and Rondell White also had two hits.

In other Interleague play, Carlos Lee and Frank Thomas hit home runs to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Chicago Cubs 5-4 at Comiskey Park.

Thomas also drove in three runs to make a winner out of Jon Garland (7-5).

Garland went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Juan Cruz (1-10) took the loss, pitching three innings of relief while giving up one run on two hits.

In Boston, Gary Sheffield’s two-run home run was the difference as the Atlanta Braves got past the Boston Red Sox 2-1.

Kevin Millwood (5-5) had to leave the game with a blister after just 5 2/3 innings, but four Atlanta relievers combined with him on a six hitter.

In Oakland, Jeff Kent had three hits and three RBI to pace the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Kent’s hits included his 13th homer of the season, helping send the A’s to just their second Interleague loss in 17 games.

Jason Schmidt (4-2) went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

In Toronto, Eric Hinske homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos at SkyDome.

Toronto trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but a two-run single by Felipe Lopez keyed a three-run rally.

Matt Herges (2-2) allowed the game winning homer and took the loss, getting two outs in the 10th before the winning blow by Hinske.

In Tampa Bay, Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lift the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays.

Julian Tavarez (6-4) held the Devil Rays to one run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and Valdimir Nunez picked up his 18th save. Preston Wilson hit his 23rd homer.

In Cleveland, Steve Finley drove in a pair of runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks doubled the Indians 4-2.

Brian Anderson (3-7) held the Indians to two runs and four hits over 7 1/3 innings. Byung-Hyun Kim posted his career-high 20th save.

Chuck Finley (4-10) lost his fourth in a row after giving up four runs, one unearned, and seven hits in six innings.

In Minnesota, Matt Stairs smacked two homers and drove in three runs to pace the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-2 win over the Twins.

Paul Bako and Ryan Thompson also homered for the Brewers.

In Baltimore, Gary Matthews Jr. had five hits, including a home run, to pace the Orioles to an 11-1 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Melvin Mora led off the bottom of the first inning with his 11th homer for the Orioles, who out-hit the Phillies 18-6.

In Kansas City, Ron Gant hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to give the San Diego Padres an 8-4 win over the Royals.

Ryan Klesko also homered in the win for the Padres.

In Seattle, Freddy Garcia tossed a six-hitter over eight innings to lead the Mariners past the Colorado Rockies 8-1. Garcia (11-5) allowed one run while striking out five and walking one.

Mike Hampton (4-9) was rocked for eight runs — seven earned — on 12 hits over seven innings.

Ichiro Suzuki, Bret Boone and Edgar Martinez all homered for Seattle.

At Texas, Lance Berkman’s three-run home run in the seventh inning helped the Houston Astros rally to defeat the Rangers 8-5.

Brandon Puffer earned his first major league win by holding the Rangers scoreless on one hit in four innings and Billy Wagner recorded his 13th save.

In Anaheim, California, for the second time in 15 days, the Anaheim Angels rocked the Japanese sensation Kazuhisa Ishii, scoring five times in the first four innings and coasting to a 7-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Aaron Sele (7-5) was the beneficiary of the early support and cruised to his eighth career shutout, a three-hitter that featured just one walk and five strikeouts.