NEW YORK (AP) -- Even two lengthy rain delays couldn't slow down
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Lowe overcame two rain delays to pitch six scoreless innings and
Boston won another road game, snapping a seven-game losing streak
at Yankee Stadium with a 5-2 victory over New York on Friday night.
The game was delayed for 55 minutes at the start and 74 minutes
after Lowe threw four pitches in the bottom of the first.
"It was as awkward a situation as you could have, starting the
game and then stopping right away,'' Lowe said. "But you can't let
it affect you. If you let it affect you, you're weak-minded.''
Nomar Garciaparra tripled and scored on a wild pitch from David
Wells (6-2) to give Boston the lead in the sixth inning. Jason
Varitek hit a two-run double and Tony Clark added a two-run homer
as the Red Sox broke the game open in the eighth.
Boston became the first team in major league history to start a
season 21-4 away from home. The Red Sox extended their lead in the
AL East to two games over New York.
"It's always big to beat them, especially here,'' Lowe said.
"They're a tough team to beat.''
The fans who sat through the delays weren't rewarded with any
Yankees runs until Jorge Posada's two-run homer in the ninth.
New York had won five straight and 18 of 22, hitting 45 homers
in that stretch. But they couldn't generate anything against Lowe
(8-2), who hasn't given up a homer all season.
Lowe allowed four hits and a season-high five walks but avoided
any damage by inducing three double-play grounders and holding New
York hitless in five at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The former closer lowered his AL-leading ERA to 1.95.
"He keeps surprising us,'' manager Grady Little said. "Ever
since day one when he became a starter. He's showed us that he's
the kind of pitcher we need.''
After playing eight times already this season at Fenway Park,
the Yankees finally got to face the Red Sox at home. New York won
the final seven meetings at Yankee Stadium last year, outscoring
But this is a far different Red Sox team and they showed their
tenacity once again, beating New York for the sixth time in nine
games this season.
"It's huge for us,'' said second baseman Lou Merloni, who
started two of the three double plays. "You come here for the
first game and you know they're going to be into it, the crowd's
going to be into it. You want to go out and win that first game.''
Boston finally broke through against Wells in the sixth inning.
Garciaparra led off by hitting a drive over center fielder Bernie
Williams' head. When the ball bounced off the wall and past
Williams, Garciaparra made it to third easily.
One out later, Wells threw a 1-1 pitch up and in to Jose
Offerman. The ball ticked off Posada's glove and went to the
backstop, allowing Garciaparra to score.
"It was one of those days when nothing went our way,'' Posada
Mike Stanton couldn't keep it close in the eighth, giving up the
big hits to Varitek and Clark, who homered for the first since
Lowe was not sharp but was able to get a groundball whenever he
"I can't remember a game when I pitched so much from the
stretch,'' Lowe said. "It was like being a closer again when I
always pitched out of the stretch.''
With runners on first and third and one out in the first, Jason
Giambi hit into a double play.
After Lowe walked the first two batters in the fourth, he got
Robin Ventura to ground into a double play.
Then with runners on first and second and one out in the sixth,
Posada hit a hard grounder up the middle that Merloni backhanded to
start yet another twin killing.
"He struggled a little bit with his control at times, but when
he needed the groundball he got it,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre
The Yankees have hit into an AL-worst 61 double plays this
Wells allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He fell to
11-19 in his career against Boston -- his most losses against any
"So far, they've got my number,'' Wells said.
The Yankees' partnership with the NBA's New Jersey Nets was
in full force. The Nets' playoff win over the Boston Celtics was
shown during the delays and even during part of Ventura's at-bat in
the second inning. ... Rickey Henderson had two hits to tie Lou
Brock for 21st place on the career list with 3,023. ... Red Sox RHP
Dustin Hermanson (injured groin) shut down his rehab program and
will return to Boston for an MRI exam Monday. ... Lowe hasn't
allowed a homer in 98 innings -- the second longest streak in the
majors to Detroit's Jeff Weaver (99 2/3).