Locked in a scoreless battle Roger Clemens pitched to Trot Nixon who ripped the ball into the right-field bleachers, giving the Boston Red Sox a two-run homer in the ninth-inning and a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox took two of three games in the weekend series at Yankee Stadium and moved one game ahead of New York in the American League East
Pedro Martinez (8-2) survived a bases-loaded jam to complete the four-hit shutout. He surrendered just four hits -- three to Derek Jeter -- on the way to his second shutout of the season and his third complete game. The right-hander walked one and struck out nine. Clemens (4-5) suffered his second straight loss, but pitched his best game of the year. He was charged with two runs on just five hits, struck out a season-high 13 and did not walk a batter.
"It's always exciting when we play the Red Sox," said skipper Joe Torre. "It's too early in the season to make much out of it. However, when the two teams are on the same field, there is something that goes on in the stands that makes your blood start bubbling and it's usually good baseball" - (Agencies)
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