NEW YORK - Carlos Delgado and the New York Mets kept piling up hits, delaying their trip home for the second half of a rare two-stadium Subway Series doubleheader. They didn't seem to mind spending a little extra time in the Bronx.
Delgado set a Mets record with nine RBIs and Luis Castillo scored a career-best five runs in a 15-6 rout over the New York Yankees on Friday.
"I got lucky," Delgado said. "Every time I came up it seems like they had a lot of guys on base so I got some good pitches to hit and I was able to drive them."
Delgado hit a two-run double off Edwar Ramirez in the fifth inning and his 12th career grand slam in the sixth, a drive against Ross Ohlendorf that landed in one of the last rows of bleachers in right-center. Delgado added a three-run homer in the eighth off LaTroy Hawkins, a drive into a corridor beyond the right-field wall.
"To have this type of game on this type of stage is very impressive," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.
Delgado's nine RBIs were one better than Dave Kingman's total for the Mets in an 11-0 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 4, 1976. Delgado's 44th multihomer game gave him 444 home runs for his career, breaking a tie with Kingman for 34th on the major league career list.
Delgado, who turned 36 on Wednesday, entered with just 11 homers and 35 RBIs this season. The Mets and Yankees were rained out May 16, leading to the two-borough commute.