Dad-Gummit: Yankees Top Pedro For 2-0 Lead
After Orlando Cabrera singled to open the third inning, Lieber - who spent the first nine years of his career between Chicago and Pittsburgh - did not allow another base-runner until David Ortiz singled with one away in the seventh. The Red Sox hope for a rally was short-lived, however, as Kevin Millar bounced into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
All three hits allowed by Lieber were singles. Martinez (0-1), who was greeted by the brusque Yankee Stadium crowd of 56,136 with banners and chants of "Who's Your Daddy?", fell behind early after Gary Sheffield drove an RBI single to center with two on and nobody out in the first to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
After keeping the Yankees scoreless through the next four innings, Martinez walked Jorge Posada with one out in the sixth and then gave up a two-run homer to John Olerud that gave New York breathing room.
Ahead 3-0 in the eighth, Tom Gordon came on in relief and struggled momentarily for the second straight night. Following a Trot Nixon single off Lieber to start the inning, Gordon came on and gave up a double to Jason Varitek to put runners in scoring position with the tying run at the plate. But the right-hander buckled down and forced Cabrera to ground out, scoring the Red Sox only run, then getting equal results from third baseman Bill Mueller.
With two away and Varitek on third, Joe Torre again went with his bread and butter. Mariano Rivera worked a touch of overtime for the second straight night, striking out Johnny Damon to end the eighth. In the ninth, Rivera got Mark Bellhorn to ground out, allowed a one-out double to Manny Ramirez, then retired Ortiz and Millar swinging to end it and give the Yankees the win and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The series now shifts to Boston, where the Sox will host the Yankees in game three of the series Friday at 8:05 ET. Bronson Arroyo will start game three for Boston and will go up against New York's Kevin Brown. After the game, Martinez said he was willing to take the ball Sunday in game five of the series, if necessary, should Game 1 starter Curt Schilling be unavailable to pitch after aggravating an injury to his right ankle.