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BoSox Hold Off Yanks For Win


Derek Jeter's chance to snap a rare slump and keep the New York Yankees in the game faded with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

The All-Star shortstop grounded into a forceout against closer Tim Wakefield as the Boston Red Sox held on for a 5-4 win Sunday night. Wakefield, who was having control problems, was surprised Jeter swung at the 2-0 pitch.

But Jeter, hitless in consecutive games for the first time this season, said, "It was a strike. He threw a knuckleball and left it over the plate."

That left the AL batting leader 0-for-5 for the game and hitless in his last 14 at-bats as his average dropped from .364 to .360.

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  • "I'm surprised that he swung," said Boston starter Bret Saberhagen (7-4). "But it's the first time all season that he hasn't gotten a base hit in back-to-back games so I'm sure that might have been on his mind."

    Saberhagen retired the last 14 batters he faced and stopped his three-game winless streak, Orlando Hernandez (12-7) suffered his first loss in 46 days and Wakefield got his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

    "It was ugly, but I'm glad we came out on top," Wakefield said.

    He allowed a run-scoring single by Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams' second RBI triple in the eighth before retiring Tino Martinez on a flyout t end the inning.

    The Yankees loaded the bases in the ninth on Chili Davis' leadoff double, a walk to Scott Brosius and an infield hit by Chuck Knoblauch. Then Wakefield retired Jeter as Boston beat New York for the second straight day after losing 13-3 Friday night.

    "He's capable of getting people out, but anything can happen with the knuckleball," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

    Saberhagen gave up five hits in seven innings. He struck out three and, for the ninth time in 15 starts, didn't walk a batter.

    "What made it easy for me tonight was winning that game yesterday," Saberhagen said. "If we lost the first two to the Yankees you've got to win the third."

    Hernandez was 5-0 in seven starts since losing to Texas on June 16 and was 3-0 in his career against Boston. But on Sunday he gave up five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.

    Hernandez allowed the leadoff runner to reach base in each of his six innings. It finally caught up with him in the sixth when Boston broke a 2-2 tie, scoring three runs on Nomar Garciaparra's run-scoring single and Troy O'Leary's two-run homer.

    Saberhagen, who had been 0-2 in his previous three starts, got stronger as the game went on. Williams drove in two runs with a triple in the first after O'Neill's double and a sacrifice fly in the third.

    That bases-loaded sacrifice fly drove in Brosius, who had singled and moved up on singles by Knoblauch and O'Neill. Saberhagen didn't allow another hit.

    After Williams' sacrifice fly made it 2-0, Boston cut the lead to 2-1 in the third on a double by Damon Buford and a single by Trot Nixon. The Red Sox tied the game in the fourth on Brian Daubach's 13th homer of the year.

    Daubach began the sixth with a double and scored on Garciaparra's single. O'Leary, who had been 1-for-11 in his career against Hernandez, then hit his 20th homer.

    Notes:

  • Boston is 4-1 in its last five games. New York is in a 1-4 slump.
  • The Red Sox optioned RHP Jared Fernandez to Triple-A Pawtucket and designated for assignment C Creighton Gubanich. Fernandez's roster spot was taken by RHP Bryce Florie, obtained from Detroit lte Saturday for minor-league LHP Mike Maroth.
  • After leading off the last two games with homers, Knoblauch grounded out in the top of the first.
  • Jose Offerman's streak of reaching base in six consecutive at-bats ended when he grounded into a double play in the third.
  • O'Neill's double was his 11th extra-base hit over a 15-hit stretch.

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