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Marlins Win Baseball World Series in Game 6 Against Yankees - 2003-10-26


The Florida Marlins won Baseball's World Series Saturday, defeating the New York Yankees 2-0 in Game Six.

Florida pitcher Josh Beckett erased New York's bid for its 27th championship, pitching a complete game shutout and giving the Marlins their second World Series title in the team's 11-year history.

The Marlins were supposed to be the underdog team, a relatively new franchise with a team payroll that amounts to about a quarter of the $180 million the Yankees pay their players. But they were not intimidated by the past success of the New York team, and Florida manager Jack McKeon said his team's win should not come as a surprise.

"I don't think we shocked the world today. I think we made them realize last week that we were a pretty good ballclub, so I think they had a pretty good line on us coming into this game," Mr. McKeon said.

The Yankees' offense had a few opportunities to score against the 23-year-old Beckett, but they left five men on base and were hitless 12 times with runners on base.

New York has lost the World Series thirteen times out of the last 39 championship bids.

Marlins pitcher Carl Pavano said nothing compares to winning against the Yankees. "If you're going to beat anyone you want to beat the best. And the Yankees have been the best for so many years and they probably will continue to be. We stepped up when we needed to and we beat the best," he said.

Beckett struck out ten and threw the nineteenth complete game shutout in World Series history. Florida's Luis Castillo hit an RBI-single in the fifth inning, scoring Alex Gonzalez to bring the score to 1-0 Marlins. Jeff Conine scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Encarnacion in the sixth.

New York pitcher Andy Pettitte took the loss after giving up six hits and two runs in seven innings.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said Florida just pitched better than New York did. "It was a very disappointing ending. Andy pitched great. Josh Beckett was unbelievably great. You know, they certainly deserve to be world champions," Torre said.

The Yankees have won the World Series four times since 1996. The last time New York lost a World Series was in 2001, when they were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

New York shortstop Derek Jeter said the Yankees just fell short. "That's why you play is to win, that's the bottom line. That's why you compete. We didn't get it done," he said.

An opposing team hasn't won the World Series at Yankee Stadium since the Los Angeles Dodgers did it in 1981.

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