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MLB: Marlins Lead World Series 3-2


The Florida Marlins beat the New York Yankees 6-4 to move within one victory of winning Major League Baseballs World Series Championship.

Marlins pitcher Brad Penny allowed just two runs in seven innings continuing the excellent performance of Marlins pitchers against a strong Yankees team.

Eight different Marlins players got hits including pitcher Brad Penny, whose single in the second inning gave Florida a 3-1 lead. Marlins manager Jack Mckeon credited his entire team for the win.

"You know it was nice to see a well-rounded effort from all these guys," he said. "This is the way we play and this is what we like to see, with everyone chipping in."

The best of seven series now returns to New York with the Marlins leading three games to two. They can win the series on Saturday. If the Yankees win on Saturday, game seven will be in Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Yankees starter David Wells had to leave the game after one inning suffering from back pains. It was the shortest start by a pitcher in World Series play since 1984, when San Diegos Mark Thurmond pitched three quarters of an inning.

The Yankees lineup has been hurt by injuries and poor hitting. Manager Joe Torre switched key players in his lineup for Thursday nights game but the Yankees hitting problems continued. Manager Joe Torre says his team is not used to coming from behind to win.

"We have not been down this road many times," said Joe Torre. "We have been fortunate when we have won these World Series I think six [games] was the longest for us."

The Yankees are trying to win their 27th World Series title in 39 appearances. This is the Yankees fifth World Series appearance in the past six years. The Marlins are seeking their second World Series title in on their second appearance in the Series.

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