The New York Yankees beat the Florida Marlins, 6-1, in Game 2 of the World Series, Sunday night, knotting best-of-seven the series at one game, each.
New York pitcher Andy Pettitte almost pitched a complete game shutout. It would have been the first in the World Series since 1962. Florida's Luis Castillo foiled his attempt, scoring a run in the last inning of the game.
Marlins batters managed to get just six hits off Pettitte, who struck out seven and picked up his third straight postseason win. Pettitte now has 13 postseason wins, tying Atlanta's John Smoltz for the most ever.
Pettitte says hearing the fans cheer and seeing them give him a standing ovation made the night worthwhile, even though he did not get the shutout he wanted.
"It was a very special night for me, personally, to try and have an opportunity to go for a complete game shutout," said Pettite. "I had an opportunity to do it in 1996 and wasn't able to. I wish I was able to do it tonight, but it [the win] was nice."
Coming off a weak offensive performance in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, the Yankees swung with power Sunday. New York's Hideki Matsui hit a home run in the first inning that scored Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Florida Manager Jack McKeon says pitcher Mark Redman threw Matsui an easy pitch to hit. "He's a pretty good player, but if you got the count to three [balls] and 0 [strikes] and lay a fastball down the middle, I think you could be a pretty good hitter, too."
In the second inning, Juan Rivera doubled home Nick Johnson, bringing the score to four-zip. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run in the fourth, lifting the Yankee total to six runs.
The Marlins scored their only run at the bottom of the ninth, after New York's Aaron Boone committed an error that eventually allowed Castillo to score.
Monday is a travel day. Game Three will be in Florida on Tuesday.