Booming Victory

David Wells gave the Yankees back the lead in the ALCS with a strong pitching performance in game five of the series. Wells' pitching – combined with a three-run inning off of Boston starter Derek Lowe – propelled New York to a 4-2 victory at Fenway Park as the series heads back to the Bronx.

The Yankees struck first in this game for a change, managing to hit Lowe hard in his home park. With two outs and a runner on second, Nick Johnson was intentionally walked to bring up Aaron Boone. Boone slapped a chopper down the third base line that was bobbled by Bill Mueller to load the bases.

Karim Garcia, back in the lineup after leaving game four with a cut on his hand after the bullpen altercation, slapped a single up the middle that scored Jorge Posada and Johnson to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Alfonso Soriano followed with a single to left field to score a third run.

Wells (2-0) worked out of some tight spots to earn his victory. In the Boston third, the Sox had runners at second and third with one out. Wells got Todd Walker to fly out to shallow left field before striking out Nomar Garciaparra on a high fastball to end the threat.

In the fifth with the bases loaded for Manny Ramirez – who had hit a solo homerun to lead off the fourth – Wells got Ramirez to ground into a forceout at third base to end that threat.

The Boomer worked seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five batters and thew just 104 pitches.

Mariano Rivera worked the eighth and ninth innings and earned his fourth save of this postseason despite finally being touched for a run. He allowed two hits and fanned a batter.

Lowe (0-3) lasted 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out three batters. Alan Embree and Bronson Arroyo finished off the game for the Sox.

Game six will be on Wednesday back at Yankee Stadium. The time of the game will depend on whether or not the Cubs can clinch the NLCS Tuesday night. If the Cubs don't clinch, the Yanks will play at 4:18, otherwise the game will begin at 8:18 pm. The starters for game six will be John Burkett (0-0, 6.75) for the Sox and Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.98) for the Yankees.

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