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10/21/2001 01:51 AM ET
Boone, Mariners whip Yankees in Game 3
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
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NEW YORK -- Whatever Lou Piniella said to the Seattle Mariners before Saturday's game, he might want to repeat Sunday.

Bret Boone, who did not have a RBI yet this postseason entering the game, drove in five runs to power the Mariners to a 14-3 victory Saturday over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Jamie Moyer (3-0) was brilliant again as the Mariners averted a sweep in the best-of-seven series and now trail two games to one.

Seattle is trying to beat the odds. No team has ever won the first two games on the road in a LCS and lost in either league.

Records Set
Most runs scored in one game: 14
Old mark 13 set by Boston against New York in Game 3 on Oct. 16, 1999. The 11-run margin is the largest in ALCS play since that Red Sox 13-1 victory.
Records Tied
Most runs scored in one inning: 7
Done three times, most recently by New York Yankees on Oct. 11, 2000, vs. Seattle.
Most extra-base hits in one inning: 4
Done previously by Baltimore Orioles in third inning of Game 4 of 1997 ALCS.
Most RBI: 5, Bret Boone, Seattle
Done four times, most recently by Boston's John Valentin on Oct. 16, 1999 in Game 3.
Most career runs scored by player: 22, David Justice
David Justice scored his 22nd career run in LCS play in the first inning on Bernie Williams' home run to match George Brett and Rickey Henderson for most runs scored in LCS history.
"Believe me, it can happen," Piniella said.

Boone, the AL RBI leader, ended the team's 0-for-12 stretch with runners in scoring position when he hit a two-run single in the fifth, then added a two-run homer in a seven-run sixth inning and a RBI single in the seventh.

His five RBIs tied an ALCS record for most in a single game, which now has been accomplished four times. The overall record is six, set by San Francisco's Will Clark in 1989.

John Olerud hit a solo homer and Mark McLemore hit a three-run triple in the sixth, and Jay Buhner added a pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth as the Mariners scored the most runs in ALCS history.

The Yankees, bidding for an unprecedented fourth consecutive LCS win, will try to regroup and regain home-field advantage Sunday in Game 4, sending Roger Clemens (0-1, 5.40 ERA) to the mound. He has history on his side. The Yankees now are (51-17) in postseason play since 1996.

The Mariners, who want to extend their 116-win season a few more games, will counter with Paul Abbott (0-0, 24.00 ERA). His only appearance was in relief in the Division Series against Cleveland -- and it wasn't a memorable one.

"The only thing you can do is go out there and do the best you can," Abbott said.

Former president Bill Clinton was watching from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's box and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine was among the crowd of 56,517 at Yankee Stadium. Maybe Valentine brought the bad karma to his crosstown opponents.

This game got ugly, and both teams emptied their benches and used every position player.

Moyer had things under control. He gave up a two-run homer to Bernie Williams in the first and then retired the next 13 in a row. He served up four hits and one walk over seven innings, striking out five.

The Yankees tried to be patient against Moyer, 38, who was baffling hitters with a variety of pitches ranging from 66 to 83 mph. He has now allowed only four earned runs over 19 innings this postseason.

Orlando Hernandez (1-1) forced Yankees manager Joe Torre to go to his bullpen for the wrong reason.

The Mariners hit for the cycle in the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate. With the game tied 2-2, Olerud got things started with a leadoff homer that deflected off the right field foul pole and bounced back onto the field.

It was an early sign that the ball was bouncing in the M's favor.

Stan Javier singled and Mike Cameron walked to chase "El Duque." Pinch-hitter Dan Wilson then bunted toward third. Reliever Mike Stanton fielded the ball but threw wide of third baseman Scott Brosius for an error, allowing Javier to score to make it 4-2.

The Yankees opted to intentionally walk Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases for McLemore, who tripled into the gap in left center, clearing the bases and opening a 7-2 lead.

Up came Boone, who crushed a 2-0 pitch from Mark Wohlers over the center field fence to make it 9-2.

The seven runs tied an ALCS record for most runs in an inning, now accomplished six times. The Yankees were the last to do so -- in Game 2 of last year's ALCS.

David Bell and Boone each hit RBI singles in the M's seventh, and Bell added another in the eighth.

Hernandez (1-1) dropped to 10-2 in 13 postseason games. His only loss was in Game 3 of last year's World Series against the Mets, a 4-2 decision. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits and five walks over five-plus innings. He struck out seven.

The way the Yankees have been playing, the game seemed to be over after four batters in the New York first. With two out in the first and runner on, Williams drove a 3-2 pitch from Moyer over the left center field fence, just shy of Monument Park.

It was Williams' first postseason homer this year but the 14th of his career to tie David Justice for fifth on the all-time list.

How big was the blast? Even coach Don Zimmer jumped off the New York bench and pumped his fist.

Seattle entered the game 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the series. Boone, who had 141 RBIs during the regular season, made it 0-for-12 when he flew out to right to end the third and strand two.

But Boone redeemed himself big time. In the fifth, the Mariners loaded the bases and Boone dropped a single in shallow left. Chuck Knoblauch made a tumbling attempt at catching the ball but couldn't close his glove on it and a pair scored to tie the game at 2.

Seattle left fielder Stan Javier made the defensive leap of the game, robbing Alfonso Soriano of a home run leading off the Yankee third.

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Piniella met with his players before the game. His message was brief and to the point. What more can he say after his bold statement following Game 2, when he promised the M's would return home and force a sixth game?

Anyone who didn't catch his message could pick up any of the New York tabloids.

"I didn't think I would create that much of a stir. I mean that sincerely," Piniella said. "I guess when you're a New Yorker, you can say those things. You know, this city has got that feistiness about it and that's good. But, boy, when somebody else says it, it creates a commotion."

He hasn't given up on a comeback.

"There's no question they're under pressure," Torre said of the M's. "They won 116 games and they certainly don't want that to go for naught. Not that it would not be a great record but we all want to get to the World Series, there's no question."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.

Box score American League Championship Series

Mariners 14, Yankees 2

at Yankee Stadium

FINAL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mariners 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 1 2 14 15 0
Yankees 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
MARINERS POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG.
Ichiro Suzuki RF 3 2 1 0 2 1 2 .500
b-Carlos Guillen PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Mark McLemore SS-LF 4 1 1 3 2 2 2 .148
Bret Boone 2B 5 1 3 5 0 0 2 .212
c-Jay Buhner PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .143
Edgar Martinez DH 5 0 1 0 0 2 2 .276
d-Al Martin PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250
John Olerud 1B 5 1 2 2 1 3 4 .172
Stan Javier LF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .294
Charles Gipson PR-RF 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Mike Cameron CF 4 2 0 0 2 1 2 .217
Tom Lampkin C 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
a-Dan Wilson PH-C 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 .208
David Bell 3B 5 1 2 2 0 0 3 .259
Totals 45 14 15 13 7 10 23 -
a-reached on error for Lampkin in the 6th; b-flied to left for Suzuki in the 8th; c-homered for Boone in the 9th; d-tripled for E Martinez in the 9th.
Batting:
2B - E Martinez (2, Wohlers).
3B - Mclemore (1, Stanton); A Martin (1, Witasick).
HR - Olerud (1, 6th inning off Hernandez 0 on, 0 out); Boone (1, 6th inning off Wohlers 1 on, 1 out); Buhner (1, 9th inning off Witasick 0 on, 1 out).
RBI - Boone 5 (5), Olerud 2 (4), Mclemore 3 (6), Bell 2 (4), Buhner (1).
2-out RBI - Boone 3, Bell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Cameron 1, Boone 1, E Martinez 2, Javier 1, Olerud 2.
Team LOB - 11.
Baserunning:
SB - Suzuki (2, 2nd base off Hernandez/Posada); Javier (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Posada).
Fielding:
DP: 2 (Bell-Boone-Olerud, Boone-Guillen-Olerud).
YANKEES POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG.
Chuck Knoblauch LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .333
Clay Bellinger LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Derek Jeter SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .357
Enrique Wilson SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
David Justice DH 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 .227
Bernie Williams CF 4 1 1 2 0 0 4 .207
Tino Martinez 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .138
Luis Sojo 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jorge Posada C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Todd Greene C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Paul O'Neill RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
a-Shane Spencer PH-RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Scott Brosius 3B 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .077
b-Randy Velarde PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Alfonso Soriano 2B 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .276
Totals 32 3 7 3 1 5 7 -
a-singled for Oneill in the 7th; b-flied to left for Brosius in the 7th.
Batting:
HR - B Williams (1, 1st inning off Moyer 1 on, 2 out).
RBI - B Williams 2 (7), Justice (3).
2-out RBI - B Williams 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - B Williams 1.
GIDP - Knoblauch, B Williams.
Team LOB - 4.
Fielding: E - Stanton (1, throw); Wohlers (1, throw).
MARINERS IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF HR ERA
Jamie Moyer (W, 3-0) 7 4 2 2 1 5 105 39-66 26 1 1.89
Jose Paniagua 1 3 1 1 0 0 24 7-17 5 0 15.43
John Halama 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3-7 3 0 0.00
Pitching:
HBP - Justice (by Moyer).
Ground balls-fly balls: Moyer 10-6; Paniagua 2-1; Halama 1-2.
YANKEES IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF HR ERA
Orlando Hernandez (L, 1-1) 5 5 5 4 5 7 125 53-72 25

1

5.06
Mike Stanton 0.1 1 3 3 1 0 6 2-4 4 0 5.40
Mark Wohlers 0.2 3 3 1 1 1 31 12-19 7 1 13.50
Jay Witasick 3 6 3 3 0 2 49 17-32 16 1 9.82
Hernandez pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.
Wohlers pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

Pitching:
IBB - Suzuki (by Stanton).
Ground balls-fly balls: Hernandez 3-5; Stanton 0-1; Wohlers 0-1; Witasick 4-3.

Umpires: Gary Cederstrom (HP) Charlie Reliford (1B) John Shulock (2B) Tim Welke (3B) Ed Montague (LF) Wally Bell (RF)
Time: 3:49
Attendance: 56,517
Weather: 69 and sunny. Wind: 5 mph, out to center.
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