Yankees Top Twins 9-5 to Complete Series Sweep; Mets Lose in 15

Vernon Wells drove in three runs as the New York Yankees got 13 hits in a 9-5 victory against the Minnesota Twins to complete a four-game sweep at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Arizona Diamondbacks needed 15 innings to defeat the New York Mets 5-4 yesterday in a game that lasted five hours, 46 minutes at Citi Field in New York. It was the second extra-inning game of the series and the Mets’ 10th of the season, matching the total they had all of last season.

The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third and four in the sixth inning to open a 9-1 lead. Ichiro Suzuki was 3-5 with two runs and two runs batted-in, while designated hitter Travis Hafner also contributed three hits and two runs scored.

Yankees starter David Phelps allowed eight hits and four runs to move to 6-5 on the Major League Baseball season. Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau had two home runs in the loss.

The Yankees (46-39) are in third place in the American League East, six games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox (53-34).

At the Mets’ ballpark, Cliff Pennington hit a run-scoring single in the top of the 15th to give Chaz Roe his first victory after he allowed one run on one hit, walked two and struck out one in the 14th inning. Brad Ziegler, the last of the Diamondback’s nine pitchers, got his first save after walking two in the 15th.

“There’s no question this team will fight to the end of the game,” Ziegler said. “It’s just two really competitive teams going out and putting on a show on a holiday.”

Dillon Gee hit a run-scoring single in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 2-2 tie. Both teams were scoreless until the 13th when Martin Prado scored on a bases-loaded walk to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead which was wiped out by Anthony Recker’s homer in the bottom of the 13th.

Pennington’s Single

Prado hit a run-scoring single in the 14th before Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied the game again on a home run. Gerardo Parra scored on Pennington’s single for the win.

“It felt like a marathon tennis match, to be honest with you,” Nieuwenhuis said. “It’s tough not to come up on top there at the end, but it’s a 162-game season and we’ve got to bring it tomorrow.”

Scott Rice (3-5), the Mets’ eighth pitcher, took the loss after giving up one run on three hits and striking out one in the 15th.

Elsewhere on the Independence Day holiday, it was the Washington Nationals 8, the Milwaukee Brewers 5; the Philadelphia Phillies 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 4; the Boston Red Sox 8, San Diego Padres 2; the Chicago White Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 2; the Kansas City Royals 10, Cleveland Indians 7; and the Tampa Bay Rays 7, Houston Astros 5.

In other games, it was the Oakland Athletics 1, Chicago Cubs 0; the Detroit Tigers 11, Toronto Blue Jays 1; the Miami Marlins 4, Atlanta Braves 3; the Texas Rangers 5, Seattle Mariners 4; the Colorado Rockies 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 5; and the Los Angeles Angels 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

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