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Yankee bats fall silent – streak over at nine

Brian Heyman -

The Subway Series sequel began last night at Yankee Stadium with a trade of places from the last time the Mets met the Yankees a month ago at Shea. The Yankees were now the ones rolling forward, and the Mets were the ones rolling backward.

“It’s just about the opposite, 180 degrees for both teams,” manager Joe Torre said, sitting amid the media crush in the Yankees’ dugout before the game.

It was hard to say which team needed this game and this series more. The Mets were still clinging to first, but they had dropped five straight and nine of 10. The Yankees had claimed nine straight, but they used up their house money long ago and were still looking up in the division and wild-card races.

In the end, both streaks came to a screeching halt. Oliver Perez outdid Roger Clemens, delivering 7 1/3 innings of no-run, five-hit work. And Jose Reyes singled and homered to account for both runs off Clemens in the Mets’ 2-0 win with 55,159 watching in the sold-out building.

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