Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/27)

Game 1: Monday, May 26
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 27
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 28
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Red Sox 3

(31-20, 13-11 away)

Yankees 11

(30-22, 12-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 27, 2003

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: A. Pettitte (5-5)

    L: B. Chen (0-1)

    Yankees snap two losing streaks; Nomar 0-for-4

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter called out his teammates, then backed up his words immediately.

    Jeter got the slumping Yankees off to a quick start Tuesday night, hitting a leadoff homer to send New York to an 11-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox that snapped a five-game skid.

    I felt like I won a World Series game tonight.
    Andy Pettitte

    "We needed it," Jeter said. "We've been playing terribly. It feels good while it lasts. The intensity level was good today. We have to carry it over until tomorrow."

    After Monday's 8-4 loss -- New York's eighth straight at home -- Jeter said the team did not "show up."

    Jeter then did his part to spark the Yankees' highest-scoring home game of the season, with his 10th career leadoff homer and a bunt single that led to a six-run eighth inning.

    "You look for a lift from him," manager Joe Torre said. "He's a guy since I've been here that has a way of lifting a ballclub and doing some things."

    Jeter had plenty of help. Andy Pettitte (5-5) ended a four-start losing streak, and Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile also homered for the Yankees, who had lost 12 of 15 overall.

    Jason Giambi went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Alfonso Soriano also drove in two runs as New York matched its run total from the previous four games.

    "We haven't seen that for a while," Jeter said. "It was good to see everyone get into it. It wasn't just one or two guys. The whole lineup contributed."

    The recent skid knocked New York out of first in the AL East and drew the ire of owner George Steinbrenner, who said it was up to Torre to figure out how to turn the team around.

    Torre preached patience and his players performed -- for one night at least -- to cut Boston's lead over New York in the division to 1 games.

    "It's strange how a team can look so bad when you lose and get whacked around and then someone goes out and dominates a game and it changes the whole outlook for a team," Torre said.

    Pettitte, given a rare early lead by New York's struggling offense, delivered the pitching performance Torre had been seeking.

    The left-hander held Nomar Garciaparra hitless in three at-bats and allowed only two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings to snap the longest losing streak of his career.

    "I felt like I won a World Series game tonight," Pettitte said. "We've been down."

    Pettitte left to a standing ovation after retiring the first two batters in the eighth, tipping his hat to the crowd.

    Antonio Osuna came in and retired Garciaparra, ending his hitting streak at a major league-high 26 games.

    "I never really cared about it to begin with," Garciaparra said. "I am more concerned that we lost the game."

    Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, ending New York's longest losing streak since a seven-game skid late in the 2000 season. He gave up a solo homer to Kevin Millar.

    Jeter hit the fifth pitch of the game from Bruce Chen (0-1) into the left-field seats to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

    "Once you have a lead it allows you to relax a little," Jeter said. "We've been trying to come back so much."

    Chen, replacing the injured Pedro Martinez in the rotation, also allowed a leadoff homer last Tuesday at Fenway Park to Soriano. The Red Sox ended up winning that game 10-7 because of poor pitching by Jeff Weaver and Jose Contreras.

    Pettitte made this early lead stand up.

    Ventura's homer in the second made it 2-0 -- New York's biggest lead at home since beating Anaheim 10-4 May 15 in its last win at Yankee Stadium.

    Jason Varitek hit an RBI single in the fifth for Boston, and the Red Sox could have had even more but Shea Hillenbrand's drive down the left-field line went just foul.

    Zeile answered in the bottom half with an opposite-field drive that was just inside the right-field foul pole, scoring Juan Rivera to make it 4-1.

    "I thought that I was making good pitches except for the one I made to Zeile," Chen said. "That was a really bad mistake."

    Doubles by Bill Mueller and Manny Ramirez gave the Red Sox a run in the sixth, but Pettitte retired Millar and David Ortiz to get out of the inning.

    "He had that look," Torre said. "He seemed to have a plan and he carried it out."

    Soriano hit an RBI double and Giambi hit a two-run double in the eighth against Matt White, who gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning in his major league debut.

    Chen gave up four runs and five hits in five innings.

    Game notes


    Martinez is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, and he could pitch Sunday vs. Toronto. It's more likely Martinez would return for an interleague game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, according to The Boston Globe. ... Zeile hit his 238th career homer, passing Gus Zernial for the most ever by a player whose last name begins with "Z." ... Giambi doubled in his last two at-bats, giving him five this season. ... The Yankees have outhomered the opposition 77-34 this season.

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