Late Wigginton homer gives Mets Subway sweep
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Wigginton, who finished 3-for-4, blasted an 0-1 pitch off Yankees reliever Tom Gordon (2-3) to deep left for the first multi-homer game of his career. "You are just really trying to find a way to get on base," said Wigginton. "It just happened to fall in on the right day." "I thought I threw it pretty hard," said Gordon. "He (Wigginton) hit it pretty hard. That's the way things go sometimes." Earlier in the day, Wigginton connected off starter Javier Vazquez for a two- run shot in the second. Richard Hidalgo smacked a solo homer for the Mets, who swept a series against the Yankees for the first time ever. The recently-acquired rightfielder belted five home runs in the six games versus the Yankees since coming over from Houston. The win marked the first time since interleague action began in 1997, the Mets won the yearly series against the Yankees, winning four of the six games. Mets reliever Orber Moreno (2-1) recorded the win despite blowing a one-run lead in the eighth. Bernie Williams had a huge day for the Yankees, finishing 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot with three RBI and a run scored, including his 10th homer of the season. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada each had an RBI for the Yankees, who were last swept on the road back on September 10-12, 2001 in Oakland. Hidalgo connected on his seventh homer as a Met in the seventh, his 11th of the 2004 season to stake the home team to a short-lived 5-4 lead. The Yankees came right back in the eighth on an RBI single by Posada to knot the game up at 5-5, sending in Hideki Matsui, who led off with a double. The Mets cracked the scoreboard with a run in the first on an RBI single by Mike Piazza. Wigginton's two-run homer in the second, a line drive shot over the right field wall, widened the Mets' gap to 3-0. The Yankees got a run back in the third inning on a solo shot by Williams, a huge blast over the right field fence. However, the Mets tacked on another run in the fourth to maintain a three-run lead at 4-1 after a throwing error by Alex Rodriguez left runners at the corners. Jason Phillips then lifted a sac fly to left that plated Hidalgo. Hidalgo and Wigginton's miscommunication on a Miguel Cairo's soft single to right set up the Yankees second run of the contest in the fifth. Wigginton drifted back on the ball as Hidalgo came in, but neither called off the other, and the ball hit the ground safely. Cairo was then bunted over to second by Vazquez before scoring on Williams' infield single. The Yankees then posted two runs in the seventh to even up the contest. Mike Stanton, on in relief, gave up a single to Cairo to start the frame. Pinch- hitter Kenny Lofton then reached on an infield single, pushing over Cairo, who then scored on Williams' RBI single. Williams attempted to stretch the hit into a double, but was thrown out at second by Phillips. Lofton, who moved to third on Williams hit then touched home on Jeter's RBI single off of Ricky Bottalico to make it a 4-4 contest. Mets starter Jae Seo left with two outs in the sixth. He allowed two runs on eight hits. Vazquez tossed five innings and yielded four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with a season-high five walks. He also fanned five. "I had no command today," said Vazquez. "Because of that I never could get into rhythm." The Yankees outhit the Mets 16-8. d="85375" text="Ruben Sierra"> is one hit away from reaching 2,000 for his career.