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World Series to be Decided in Game 7 - 2001-11-04


The Arizona Diamondbacks have staved off defeat and extended the World Series to a decisive seventh game, with a 15-2 blowout victory in Game 6 over the New York Yankees in Phoenix. Arizona's bats came alive Saturday night to tie the Fall Classic at three wins apiece.

Arizona jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning, added three more in the second, chasing New York starter Andy Pettite, then exploded for eight runs in the third inning off reliever Jay Witasick to take a 12-0 lead.

Every Arizona batter, including pitcher Randy Johnson, got at least one hit and drove in one or more runs during the offensive onslaught, which continued with three more runs in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks ended the game with 22 hits, breaking the World Series single game record by two, even surprising manager Bob Brenly. "You certainly don't anticipate it against Andy Pettitte in Game Six of the World Series, but that was a hungry bunch of hitters that we sent up there to the plate tonight and I was just very grateful for the way the guys swung the bats," said Brenly.

The Yankees got a pair of runs in the sixth inning to break the shutout, making the final score 15-2. Johnson scattered six hits before being relieved by Bobby Witt after seven innings.

Game Seven will be played here in Phoenix Sunday night. Curt Schilling will be back to pitch for Arizona, while Roger Clemens will start for the Yankees.

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