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Jeter's sacrifice fly plates winning run in ninth

7/26/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Enrique Wilson doesn't play often, but he had a
feeling that he would be in the lineup when the New York Yankees
opened a three-game series against Pedro Martinez and the Boston
Red Sox.

Wilson had two hits, stole two bases and scored the winning run
in the ninth inning on Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly that gave New
York a 4-3 victory over Boston on Friday night and moved the
Yankees 3-1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.

Wilson had two doubles against Martinez on July 7 and another
hit off him on Friday.

"Something told me I might play against Pedro," he said.
"Tonight I had a very good game and helped the team. When this
team needs me I'm ready for it."

Wilson, who has started just 17 games this season, led off the
ninth with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a
groundout before Jeter looped a fly to center field off closer
Byung-Hyun Kim (3-3).

"In a close game, it's going to come down to who executed,"
Jeter said. "Enrique did a nice job. He's tough, just like (Luis)
Sojo. I don't know how he can do it -- a week, two weeks without
playing."

Mariano Rivera (5-0) gave up a one-out double to Nomar
Garciaparra in the bottom of the ninth and walked Manny Ramirez,
but struck out Kevin Millar and got Jeremy Giambi to line out to
second base to seal the win.

Rivera, in relief of Armando Benitez, allowed Jason Varitek's
bloop single that tied it at 3 in the eighth.

"I wanted the opportunity to come back and get that pitch
back," Rivera said.

The Yankees took a 3-2 lead on Bernie Williams' RBI single in
the seventh inning. Williams was 3-for-5 and probably had his best
game since returning July 9 following knee surgery.

"I think I made good strides tonight, but it's an ongoing
process," he said.

Williams' hit, that also scored Wilson, came on Martinez's 128th
and last pitch -- the most he has thrown this season. It was his
most since May 1, 2001, when he threw 136 in eight innings against
Seattle.

Martinez almost got out of the inning, striking out Alfonso
Soriano and Jason Giambi around a walk to Jeter before Williams'
hit.

"Pedro was aggressive," Varitek said. "He was doing
everything he could to get out of that inning. He was real
determined and then Bernie got that breaking ball."

Martinez gave up seven hits and struck out 10 in 6 2-3 innings.
Kim also lost on July 7 at Yankee Stadium, the last time Martinez
faced New York. Martinez was not available for comment after the
game.

In his last start against the Yankees, the Boston ace hit
Soriano and Jeter on the hand with pitches, knocking them out of
the game. Martinez did not hit any batters Friday night, although
he threw one pitch behind Soriano.

Yankees starter David Wells was lifted in the sixth after
walking three consecutive batters with two outs. Jesse Orosco, the
46-year-old left-hander acquired from San Diego earlier this week,
ended the inning in his Yankees debut by striking out Johnny Damon.

Wells gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings, struck out three and
walked five. It was just the third time this season he has walked
as many as four in a game.

The Red Sox led 2-1 until the sixth when Nick Johnson's grounder
drove in Williams, who had opened the inning with a single.
Williams went 3-for-4.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ramirez hit a
two-out double off the center field wall that just eluded Williams'
outstretched glove, allowing Garciaparra to score from first.

Jorge Posada homered into the Red Sox bullpen to tie it at 1 on
the first pitch of the second inning. The Yankees then loaded the
bases on Johnson's single, and walks to Wilson and Derek Jeter.

But Martinez struck out Jason Giambi to get out of the inning,
starting a stretch during which he retired 10 in a row. Williams
snapped that when he singled in the sixth. Martinez struck out
Giambi three times.

The Red Sox made it 2-1 in the second when Damon's single scored
Bill Mueller.

"I think that anybody that watched that game tonight had to
enjoy it," Boston manager Grady Little said. "We would have
enjoyed it much more had we won."

Game notes
The Yankees Johnson from the disabled list. He had missed
61 games due to a stress fracture in his right hand. ... Damon
singled his first three times at-bat. ... Wilson stole his first
two bases of the season in the seventh and ninth innings. He scored
both times. ... Martinez's career-high pitch count is 142 on Sept.
8, 1998, against the Yankees. ... The top three hitters in the
Yankees lineup -- Soriano, Jeter and Giambi -- were a combined
0-for-10.