Boston took the lead in the first when Kevin Millar doubled home Bill Mueller. Contreras struck out two in the inning, but looked shaky... Derek Jeter's RBI single in the second tied the game at 1-1... The Yanks came alive in the third. A-Rod led off the frame with a walk, then four straight hits made it 4-1 New York. After Travis Lee struck out, Enrique Wilson drove in another with a single, Jorge Posada scored on Jeter's groundout, and Wilson scored on Bernie Williams' double for a 7-1 lead... Boston came right back with two runs in the bottom of the third, but the scoring stopped after that.
Both starting pitchers looked poor in the game. Lowe (1-1) surrendered all seven of the Yankee runs and was relieved with two outs in the third. Contreras came out with one out in the third, after Manny Ramirez' double and a walk to Kevin Millar... From there it was all bullpen for both teams. Paul Quantrill (1-0) pitched 2.2 innings for the Yanks and notched the win. Gabe White, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera combined for the final four innings... Malaska, Phil Seibel and Frank Castillo pitched the final 6.1 for the Red Sox without allowing a run.
Lee made his first start as a Yankee, after being activated off the disabled list on Saturday. He made two excellent plays at first, diving to his left to stop a grounder and a basket catch in foul territory.