Pettitte Comes Through Again

He was there in the ALDS, he was there in 1996 against the Braves, and he's been there for the Yankees so many times that he's almost taken for granted. Andy Pettitte took the ball for the Yanks in game two against the Red Sox and came through with a victory. While he didn't have his best stuff, he battled his way out of trouble and led New York to a series-tying 6-2 win.

Pettitte ran into trouble right from the start, allowing an infield single to Gabe Kapler to lead off the game. But Kapler was caught stealing on the tail end of a strike-out-throw-out double play, and Pettitte worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finally end the inning.

The southpaw was hit hard again in the next frame, allowing three consecutive hits to give Boston a 1-0 lead. But Kapler grounded into a key 6-3 double play to turn the inning around and Pettitte escaped.

The Yanks broke through in the bottom of the second against Derek Lowe. Nick Johnson crushed a two-run homerun to right field that gave the Yanks the lead, and the Bombers would never trail again.

Pettitte (2-0) settled down and allowing just four more baserunners – including a solo shot to Jason Varitek in the sixth – the rest of the way. He finished his night after 6 2/3 innings having allowed two runs on nine hits and a pair of walks. He fanned five batters before giving way to Jose Contreras.

The Yanks added a run in the third on Bernie Williams' RBI single. Williams came around to score later in the fifth on Hideki Matsui's single to give his team a 4-1 lead.

After Varitek's homer made it 4-2, Jorge Posada launched a two-RBI double to centerfield off of reliever Scott Sauerbeck that gave the Yanks their final margin of victory.

Contreras was perfect in his 1 1/3 innings of work, racking up a strikeout. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out Dave McCarty to end the game.

Lowe (0-2) continued his road woes, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out just two batters and has walked more than he has struck out in the postseason so far.

The now-tied series goes to Fenway Park for games three and four. Boston ace Pedro Martinez (1-0, 3.86) will face former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens (1-0, 1.29) in game three, which is scheduled for Saturday at 4:18 pm.

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