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Mussina, Matsui Lead Yankees to 2-1 Series Lead - 2003-10-22

The New York Yankees defeated the Florida Marlins, 6-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series of North American baseball.

The Yankees unleashed a series of runs in the eighth and ninth innings to clinch their victory over the Marlins. Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina allowed seven hits and one walk in seven innings and New Yorker Mariano Rivera pitched two scoreless innings for his 30th career post season save.

The Yankee rally started when Japans Hideki Matsui hit a single, with two outs in the eighth inning, to score shortstop Derek Jeter and break a one-all tie. Yankees Manager Joe Torre says his teams composure and Hideki Matsuis hit were the key to the Yankees win.

"We just did not expand our zone," said Torre. "We stayed within ourselves and, of course, Matsui this guy is incredible."

Game 4 will be played later Wednesday, when future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Roger Clemens will make what is expected to be his final start as a major league pitcher.

Marlins ace pitcher Josh Beckett was able to hold the Yankees to one run in more than seven innings of pitching.

The game lasted more than four hours. It was delayed 39 minutes in the fifth inning because of heavy rain. It was the first rain delay in since Philadelphia played Toronto, ten years ago.

The New York Yankees are seeking their 27th World Series title against the upstart Marlins, who have won the World Series once before, in 1997.