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METS 6, YANKEES 4

Mets topple Yankees

Beltrán homers to help Martínez

NEW YORK -- Pedro Martínez needed almost as much time to get to Yankee Stadium as he did to beat the Yankees.

After a nearly 3-hour trip through traffic from nearby Westchester, Martínez dominated his old nemesis for eight innings, getting home runs from Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltrán plus four sacrifice flies as he led the Mets to a 6-4 Subway Series victory last night.

''I left at 3:20 thinking, well, I'm going to get there with plenty of time, get in the Jacuzzi, relax, probably watch videos," Martínez said.

The silver Chevy van he was in didn't pull up until 6:08 p.m., exactly one hour before the first pitch.

''We ended up in the wrong neighborhood, and we got lost," he said. ''We found a couple of policemen in a car that were really nice to bring us over."

Martínez (8-2) was happy to have a police escort for the final part of the journey.

''If you're pitching at Yankee Stadium, you're a special person," he said.

Beltrán's ninth homer of the season was his eighth in a game in which Martínez was pitching.

The Mets, who dropped two of three to the Yankees at Shea Stadium last month, overcame Derek Jeter's leadoff homer when Ramón Castro, José Reyes, and Mike Cameron set a National League record by hitting three sacrifice flies in the second inning, a rally fueled when Bernie Williams and Mike Mussina made errors.

Reyes added another sacrifice fly in the ninth as the Mets tied the NL record for sac flies in a game.

''Especially with Pedro pitching, you can't give things away and we did," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

A sellout crowd of 55,297 was largely quiet as Mussina (8-5) failed to revive the on-and-off Yankees.

After going 0-3 in his previous six starts against the Yankees, Martínez was greeted by a ''Still Your Daddy!!" sign hanging from the second deck on the third-base side, a reminder of his frustrations against New York while pitching for the Red Sox last year. But by the middle innings the sign was gone.

Martínez allowed two runs and six hits, retiring 15 of 16 batters in a stretch that began when he struck out Williams to end the third and strand two runners.

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