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Arizona Diamondbacks Lead World Series - 2001-10-29

The Arizona Diamondbacks have taken a two-game lead in Major League Baseball's World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 4-0 on Sunday night in Phoenix. Arizona starter Randy Johnson dominated the Yankees in the first World Series start of his career.

Johnson, who struck out 372 batters in the regular season, was masterful in Game Two. He pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits. The man known as 'The Big Unit' says things went well. "I felt like I got ahead of hitters and I got some double plays when I needed them," he said.

Arizona scored its first run in the second inning, then went up four-nothing in the seventh, when Matt Williams clubbed a three-run homer. Yankees' starter Andy Pettitte pitched seven innings and took the loss for New York.

The victory gives the Diamondbacks a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series, as it heads to New York. In a conversation with VOA Sports, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said playing in New York after September 11 is special. "I hope in some way that we are, at least in our own small way, helping New York recover," said Bud Selig. Selig declined to predict the outcome of the series, but said it "looks like it's going to be a terrific one, though."

Game Three is at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night.