Series: Game 2 of 2

New York won 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, August 27
New York 6Final
Boston 0
Game 2: Wednesday, August 28
New York 7Final
Boston 0

Yankees 7

(83-48, 43-25 away)

Red Sox 0

(74-57, 35-32 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 28, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    NYY 100000420 7 - -
    BOS 000000000 0 - -

    W: M. Mussina (16-7)

    L: P. Martinez (17-4)

    Yanks take nine-game lead in AL East with win

    BOSTON (AP) -- Fans booed the Boston Red Sox, and it didn't have anything to do with a possible strike.

    Mike Mussina

    Mike Mussina is tied for the AL lead with four wins and is third in ERA (1.86).

    Mike Mussina pitched a three-hitter and Bernie Williams hit a three-run homer to help the New York Yankees beat Pedro Martinez and Boston 7-0 Wednesday night.

    New York shut out the Red Sox for the second straight game.

    "There's no question it's going to take a big chunk of their heart away from them,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Boston lost its final game before the strike deadline.

    "I'm sure a lot of people, when they left the ballpark, were wondering if there's going to be baseball.''

    The win gave New York a season-high nine-game lead in the AL East. Boston remained 3½ games behind Anaheim in the wild-card race.

    "It's tough, but we've still got some things we can get accomplished,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said. "Now we'll probably have to do a little more scoreboard watching than we usually do.''

    As player representative Johnny Damon spoke about the labor negotiations in New York, pitchers Tim Wakefield and Ugueth Urbina were putting their personal items into boxes. Wakefield refused to comment and asked television cameras not to film him.

    Mussina (16-7), who came within one strike of a perfect game at Fenway last September before finishing with a one-hitter, struck out nine and walked one for his first shutout of the season. He leads the Yankees in victories, reclaiming the lead from David Wells -- Tuesday's winner.

    "It's a relief to know I can still pitch, because sometimes I wondered if I could,'' said Mussina, who had lost three of his last five starts. "This is nice. It's nice to put one of these out there, especially in Boston.''

    The Red Sox committed three errors -- two in the first inning as the Yankees touched Martinez (17-4) for an unearned run.

    Martinez gave up three earned runs on five hits and a season-high four walks, striking out nine before leaving down 2-0 with two on and one out in the seventh.

    Rondell White, the No. 9 hitter, led off the seventh with a walk, then Martinez hit Alfonso Soriano with a pitch. White stole third and scored on Derek Jeter's groundout.

    Jason Giambi walked, and that was it for Martinez, who threw a season-high 127 pitches. Alan Embree relieved, and Williams hit his third pitch into the screen above the Green Monster to make it 5-0.

    The shot extended Williams' hitting streak to 19 games -- the longest for the Yankees since he hit in 21 straight in 1993. Over the streak he is hitting .471 (40-for-85).

    Game notes

    Before the game, the Red Sox honored the Worcester, Mass., team that finished fourth at the Little League World Series. Players got to throw out a first pitch, pose for pictures in front of a left-field scoreboard that posted the results of their U.S. semifinal victory over Harlem and stand at their positions with Boston players for the national anthem. They were all given Red Sox jerseys with their names on the back. ... Boston OF Cliff Floyd was sidelined for the second consecutive day with a left knee bruise. ... Red Sox OF Benny Agbayani, claimed off waivers from Colorado on Monday, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Soriano doubled in the fifth inning -- his 47th of the year -- to tie a club record for right-handed batters set by Bob Meusel in 1927. Soriano also swiped third for his 35th stolen base.

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