posted on Jun, 28 2004 @ 03:33 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - The hugs and kisses said it all for Jose Contreras. With his family looking on, he became the dominating pitcher the New York Yankees
expected all along.
Making his first start since his wife and children defected from Cuba last week, Contreras struck out a career-high 10 in six shutout innings, beating
the New York Mets 8-1 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader sweep.
"I thought my dad was going to win," said 11-year-old Naylan Contreras, watching her father pitch in the major leagues for the first time.
In the second game, Mike Mussina (9-4) improved to 8-0 in his last 11 starts with an 11-6 victory, matching his career high for consecutive wins. The
Yankees have a 5 1/2-game lead in the AL East heading into their three-game series with Boston.
Ruben Sierra hit a three-run homer in a six-run first off Matt Ginter (1-2) and added a two-run single after the Mets closed to 7-5 in the top half.
Miguel Cairo hit a solo homer and had a two-run single for the Yankees, who beat the Mets twice in the same day for the third time since interleague
play began in 1997.
Rebounding from a 9-3 loss in Saturday's Subway Series opener, the Yankees have won nine of their last 10 against their crosstown rival.