Pettitte propels Yanks
Boston Pedro Martinez has finally met his match. His name is Andy Pettitte.
For the second time in three months, Pettitte beat baseball's ERA leader and two-time Cy Young award winner in Fenway Park, pitching the Yankees to a 5-3 win over Boston on Saturday.
"It's nice to beat Boston," Pettitte said. "It doesn't matter who's pitching for the other team. That's really a non-issue."
But Pettitte (18-7) had to be sharp, knowing the Yankees weren't likely to score much against Martinez (16-5), who entered the game with a 1.66 ERA.
Helped by Scott Brosius' three-run homer in the seventh, Pettitte left after eight innings with a 3-1 lead.
"Andy is really the story," Brosius said. "I know he's got to be thinking coming in he's got to pitch real well. To shut them down and keep us in the game was a key."
Jose Canseco's two-run homer off Tim Wakefield in the ninth his 14th of the season and 445th of his career gave New York a necessary cushion when Boston scored two in the bottom of the inning off Mariano Rivera on a double by Dante Bichette, a triple by Troy O'Leary and a double by Jason Varitek.
On June 20, Pettitte pitched 72/3 innings in a 3-0 win over Boston when homers hurt Martinez again. He allowed solo shots to Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill.
On Saturday, Martinez left after seven innings and 119 pitches, his ERA rising to 1.74.
"The last time he pitched good against me, too," Martinez said after Boston dropped its second straight game of the series. "Roger Clemens, who pitched yesterday (is) one of the best in the game, and Andy Pettitte's right there. You can't expect a lot" of offense.
Pettitte didn't give the Red Sox much.
The only run he allowed came in the third on a single by Jose Offerman and a double by Carl Everett. Pettitte struck out six and allowed one walk and six hits.
"Andy is on a roll," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He's so confident now. I don't know what I can say. It was a great matchup. It doesn't happen very often."
Pettitte improved to 9-1 in his last 10 starts one day after Clemens went to 8-0 in the past three months with a 4-0 victory. Boston managed 14 hits in the two games and fell eight games behind first-place New York in the AL East and three behind Cleveland in the wild-card race.
"It was a tough loss," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said.
Indians 9, White Sox 3
Cleveland Roberto Alomar hit three doubles and drove in three runs, leading Cleveland past Chicago. Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak at home against first-place Chicago, which still leads the AL Central by 71/2 games. But while the Indians may be too late to catch the White Sox, they are 21/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL wild card race. Dave Burba (14-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 52/3 innings to win for the fourth time in five starts.
Mariners 7, Twins 2
Seattle All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez drove in a run in each of his four plate appearances, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Seattle starter Jamie Moyer (12-9) ended a six-game losing streak, allowing four hits in seven innings as Seattle maintained its two-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Rodriguez is hitting .460 (19-for-41) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 11 games against the Twins this season.
Athletics 10, Devil Rays 0
Oakland, Calif. Tim Hudson pitched a two-hitter, and Jason Giambi hit two home runs as Oakland defeated Tampa Bay. Terrence Long, Ben Grieve, Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez also connected.
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 5
Toronto Reliever Billy Koch blew David Wells' bid to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, but Toronto won on Brad Fullmer's RBI single in the ninth. Fullmer drove in four runs, including a two-run homer in the third, his 30th homer. Wells was in line for the win until the Tigers rallied from a 5-4 deficit to tie it in the ninth against Koch (7-3), who had converted 21 straight save chances.
Orioles 10, Angels 3
Anaheim, Calif. Jose Mercedes overcame rare wildness for his fourth straight win as Baltimore beat Anaheim. Mercedes (12-5) ran his record since the All-Star break to 9-1 despite allowing eight walks.