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Frigid night frustrating for Fish

October 20, 2003

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— Manager Jack McKeon had his jacket collar turned up over his chin, leaving his frown barely visible.

Pitcher Rick Helling shouted angrily into his glove. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez muttered to himself. Team owner Jeffrey Loria shook his head and sagged in his seat.

Game 2 of the World Series was frustrating and frigid for the Florida Marlins, and the only consolation is that they're heading back to balmy Miami. They managed just six hits off Andy Pettitte, gave up two early home runs and lost, 6-1, Sunday to the New York Yankees, who pulled even in the series at one game apiece.

The defeat ended Florida's postseason winning streak at four games.

"We were fired up to try to get the sweep here," said Derrek Lee, who drove in the Marlins' only run. "But we got a split. We'll take that."

The scrappy Marlins made the most of their speed and finesse to win 3-2 Saturday, but in damp, breezy, 48-degree weather Sunday night, Florida struggled to get anything going.

Pettitte was part of the problem. The Marlins scored only because of a ninth-inning error by third baseman Aaron Boone, and their running game was neutralized by the big early deficit.

"You've got to tip your cap to Andy Pettitte," McKeon said. "We talked about it all along -- pitching is going to win. Their pitching was better than our pitching tonight."

Like Pettitte, the Marlins' Mark Redman worked on three days' rest, but he wasn't nearly as sharp.

Florida pitcher Mark Redman, who lasted just 21/3 innings, delivers
in the first inning against the New York Yankees. Redman came out
trailing 4-0, and the Yankees went on to win, 6-1, Sunday in New
York.

Florida pitcher Mark Redman, who lasted just 21/3 innings, delivers in the first inning against the New York Yankees. Redman came out trailing 4-0, and the Yankees went on to win, 6-1, Sunday in New York.

Redman left after 21/3 innings trailing 4-0. He gave up five hits, walked two and hit one, and his postseason earned run average rose to 6.50 in four starts.

Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homer off Redman in the first, and Alfonso Soriano added a two-run homer off Helling in the fourth. The lopsided score made the Yankee Stadium crowd much more lively than in Game 1, while in the visiting dugout the Marlins sat quietly, hands buried in the pockets of their jackets, hunched over and looking cold.

"It was pretty cold," Lee said. "It definitely wasn't Miami. I had underalls on and a couple of pairs of sleeves, and it was still cold out there. It'll be nice to get back in the heat and the humidity. That's how we like it."

The weather should be at least 30 degrees warmer for Game 3 Tuesday, with Florida's Josh Beckett scheduled to pitch against Mike Mussina.

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