NEW YORK – After Pedro Martinez dominated his old nemesis, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams rallied the New York Yankees to victory in the first Subway Series of the season.

Matsui tied the score with a two-run single off Roberto Hernandez and scored on a double by Williams as the Yankees took advantage of two eighth-inning errors to beat the Mets 5-3 Sunday.

Martinez left with a 3-1 lead after seven sterling innings and Dae-Sung Koo, one of the Mets’ heroes on Saturday, started the eighth.

Tony Womack reached when third baseman David Wright dropped his one-out grounder for an error, and Ruben Sierra followed with a potential double-play grounder to second. Miguel Cairo tossed the ball to Jose Reyes, but the young shortstop dropped it as he came across the bag for another error.

Hernandez (2-2) relieved and Derek Jeter, out of the starting lineup because his left elbow swelled after he was hit by a pitch Saturday, ran for Sierra. The Yankees then pulled off a double steal as Wright failed to cover third, playing back with Alex Rodriguez up.

Rodriguez fouled out to first, bringing up Matsui, who lined an opposite-field single to left. Williams, in an 11-for-61 slide, took a ball and then doubled down the right-field line for a 4-3 lead.

Carl Pavano (4-2), sent to Montreal in the 1997 trade that brought Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox, won his fourth straight decision. He allowed three runs, but two were unearned due to Rodriguez’s team-high seventh error.

Marlins 8, Devil Rays 5

MIAMI – Juan Encarnacion had a two-run double and pinch-hitter Juan Pierre added two RBIs with a single during a seven-run sixth inning, and the Florida Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with an 8-5 victory Sunday.

Damion Easley also had two RBIs for the Marlins, who improved to 25-15 – 17-6 at home – against their intrastate rival.

Royals 9, Cardinals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John Buck’s homer capped a nightmarish first inning Sunday for St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein, whose two errors led to six unearned runs in Kansas City’s 9-2 victory.

Eckstein, who topped all major league shortstops last year with a .988 fielding percentage for Anaheim, made a third error in the second inning, leaving him just two short of the major league record. He drew a derisive cheer from the crowd – about half of whom were Cardinals fans – when he first handled a chance cleanly.

Ryan Jensen (1-0), called up from Triple-A Omaha this week, went five innings for his first major league victory since 2002 as the Royals snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals and a 10-game slide in interleague play.

Rangers 2, Astros 0

ARLINGTON, Texas – Chan Ho Park pitched seven sharp innings, Mark Teixeira homered and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 2-0 victory Sunday.

Park (4-1) allowed six hits, struck out two and didn’t issue a walk. He went at least six innings for the fifth time this season.

The Astros lost their fifth in a row and fell to 2-19 on the road, worst in the major leagues.

Rockies 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH – Joe Kennedy won on the road for the first time this season and the Colorado Rockies, helped by an uncharacteristically sloppy Pittsburgh defense, beat the Pirates 4-3 Sunday for only their third road victory all season.

Pirates center fielder Tike Redman went 6-for-10 in the series, but dropped an easy flyball by Kennedy that would have ended the fourth inning but instead helped the Rockies to the first of consecutive two-run innings.

Indians 9, Reds 2

CINCINNATI – Cliff Lee struck out seven, and Grady Sizemore – one of Cleveland’s few dependable hitters these days – drove in a pair of runs with a triple and a single on Sunday, leading the Indians to a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The series matched the American League’s worst offense – Cleveland was hitting only .237 – against the National League’s worst pitching – batters were hitting .302 off the Reds’ staff. For one weekend, bad hitting beat bad pitching.

Nationals 9, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO – Jose Guillen hit a three-run double, Tony Blanco added his first major league homer and Tomo Ohka pitched eight strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals over the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2.

Shea Hillenbrand homered for the Blue Jays, who failed to complete a three-game sweep.

Blanco hit the Nationals’ first three-run homer of the year off Vinnie Chulk in the seventh. Washington is yet to hit a grand slam this season.

Phillies 7, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE – Cory Lidle pitched a six-hitter, and Pat Burrell went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Baltimore Orioles 7-2.

Mike Lieberthal also homered for last-place Philadelphia, which took two of three from the first-place Orioles. Baltimore is 6-15 in interleague play the last two seasons, including 2-4 against the Phillies.

Cubs 4, White Sox 3

CHICAGO – Mark Prior tossed a six-hitter and Jason Dubois hit a three-run homer Sunday as the Chicago Cubs averted a three-game sweep by beating the White Sox 4-3.

Prior (4-1) got his first win since April 25, despite giving up homers to Jermaine Dye, Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko.

Mariners 5, Padres 0

SEATTLE – Aaron Sele threw a four-hitter for his first complete game in nearly three years, pitching the Seattle Mariners past the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday.

Jeremy Reed had three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who snapped San Diego’s eight-game winning streak Saturday night and took two of three from the Padres to earn their first winning homestand since last July.

D-backs 1, Tigers 0

DETROIT – Javier Vazquez pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout since 2003, and Craig Counsell’s RBI single in the eighth inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Diamondbacks took a half-game lead in the NL West with their ninth win in 12 games. Arizona (27-18) didn’t earn its 27th victory last season until June 17.

Dodgers 6, Angels 2

LOS ANGELES – Derek Lowe pitched seven effective innings, Ricky Ledee and Jason Phillips homered, and the Dodgers beat the visiting Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Sunday to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Lowe (4-4) allowed nine hits and three runs while walking none and striking out seven to match a season-high.

Twins 6, Brewers 5

MINNEAPOLIS – Junior Spivey mishandled Luis Rodriguez’s grounder for an error with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and Shannon Stewart hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Neither bullpen was effective as the teams scored eight runs over the final four innings.


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