Series: Game 1 of 2

New York leads 1-0 (as of 8/27)

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

Yankees 6

(82-48, 42-25 away)

Red Sox 0

(74-56, 35-31 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 27, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: D. Wells (15-6)

    L: C. Fossum (2-3)

    Red Sox quickly running out of time

    BOSTON (AP) -- The New York Yankees are running away with the AL East, and the Boston Red Sox are running out of time.

    David Wells usually doesn't have much success at Fenway, but he baffled the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

    David Wells took a shutout into the ninth inning to win for the eighth time in nine decisions, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-0 Tuesday night to open an eight-game lead in the division.

    The Yankees moved a season-high 34 games over .500 and matched their biggest lead of the season in the division. The teams play four more times in the next eight days.

    ''Every game you win, it's one off the schedule,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ''It just makes it a little easier.''

    The Red Sox, who entered the night trailing two teams in the AL wild-card race, refused to concede the division race to focus on the wild card.

    ''Hopefully, we can build a nice winning streak and they can start a nice losing streak,'' said outfielder Johnny Damon, who won Monday's night's game with a homer in the 10th. ''But every time we lose now, it's a tough loss.''

    One night after the Red Sox pounded out 18 hits in an emotional victory over wild-card leader Anaheim, they managed just two singles and three doubles against Wells (15-6). In all, Wells struck out six and walked none before leaving after Damon's leadoff double in the ninth.

    Steve Karsay got three outs to finish the five-hitter and has not allowed a run in his last 13 games.

    Wells, who is 9-10 in his career at Fenway Park, was just glad to get out of town unscathed.

    ''I've had some bad games in this park and it's nice to be victorious,'' he said. ''It's been a long time coming.''

    Casey Fossum (2-3) retired the first 11 batters -- striking out the first five -- before falling apart in the fifth, when the Yankees took a 4-0 lead. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight.

    ''The game started out with both pitchers throwing very well,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. ''Their guy just kept going a little longer than ours did.''

    Seeking his first win as a starter in seven tries this season, Fossum gave up a double to Raul Mondesi, a single to Shane Spencer and a sacrifice fly to Rondell White to start the fifth. One out later, Alfonso Soriano doubled to make it 2-0 and Derek Jeter singled him home.

    Jason Giambi doubled to make it 4-0 and chase Fossum before Frank Castillo got Bernie Williams to end the inning.

    Williams singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest for a Yankee since he hit in 21 games straight in 1993. Manny Ramirez doubled to reach base safely in his 24th consecutive game.

    The Red Sox recorded a strange double play in the seventh, when Williams' fly ball fell in front of a diving Ramirez. Jeter thought the ball was caught and retreated to second base. Ramirez threw the ball to shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who tagged Jeter and then second base just before Giambi got there from first.

    The Yankees added two in the ninth when Robin Ventura, Soriano and Jeter all singled, then Giambi added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0. Jeter had three hits in the game and drove in two runs.

    Game notes

    Boston OF Cliff Floyd was a late scratch from the lineup because of a bruised left knee. Carlos Baerga was added to the lineup as a DH. OF Trot Nixon was also out of the lineup because Wells, a lefty, was pitching. ... OF Benny Agbayani, claimed by the Red Sox on waivers from Colorado on Monday, is in transit and not expected to be activated in time for the series finale on Wednesday night. ... Boston RHP Rolando Arrojo, on the DL since Aug. 7 with a bulging disc in his back, threw on the side Tuesday without discomfort. He is expected to throw again on Thursday. ... Yankees 1B Nick Johnson, out since Aug. 10 with a bone bruise on his left wrist, might be able to take batting practice on Thursday and get in a game over the weekend. ... Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a seventh-inning double.

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