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A Fall Classic

Martinez, Jeter stun Diamondbacks to even Series

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Posted: Wednesday October 31, 2001 10:30 PM
Updated: Thursday November 01, 2001 8:09 AM
  Yankee joy Derek Jeter arrives at home plate after hitting the 12th walkoff homer in Series history. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball fans, meet the first Mr. November -- Derek Jeter.

The Yankees star earned that distinction at 12:04 a.m. EST Thursday, hitting a home run with two outs in the bottom of 10th inning to lift New York past the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 and tie the World Series at two games each.

Tino Martinez saved the Yankees with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who also gave up Jeter's shot.

Until then, the game that started Wednesday night belonged to the Diamondbacks and gutsy Curt Schilling, pitching on only three days' rest. Sitting in the dugout, he watched it all unravel with a look of utter disbelief.

"We always feel as though we have a chance to win a game," Jeter said. "When you get to the postseason, you can throw everything out that you've done in the regular season."

Jeter, who usually shines in October, sent an opposite-field drive into the seats in right. It was the first game-ending homer of his career, and came shortly after the Yankee Stadium scoreboard flashed: "Welcome to November Baseball."

The Yankees spilled out of the dugout to greet him at home plate, where he landed with a two-footed hop.

"Yeah, I think I broke my foot," Jeter said.

The crowd, already crazed on Halloween night, went wild while Jeter's parents were hugged by everybody sitting near them in the stands.

"Surprising things happen," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Yet, when you think about it, it doesn't surprise you, because this ballclub never quits."

It was the first time in World Series history that a team tied a game with a ninth-inning homer and won with a homer in extra innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Schilling, moved up by rookie manager Bob Brenly, did everything Arizona could have asked. But when Kim relieved, the game turned spooky for his team.

"We had a lead, we had six outs left to go in the ballgame," Brenly said. "That's the way we hoped it would work out. Unfortunately, it didn't."

The Yankees won their record ninth consecutive home game in the World Series.

The defending three-time champions will send Mike Mussina against Miguel Batista in Game 5 Thursday night. No matter who wins, the Series will go back to Bank One Ballpark.

Mariano Rivera broke three bats in a perfect 10th inning for the win.

A sellout crowd of 55,863 that included Mr. October -- Reggie Jackson -- turned quiet in the ninth inning with the Yankees in trouble.

Kim, who struck out the side in the eighth, gave up a one-out single to Paul O'Neill in the ninth before striking out Bernie Williams.

Martinez, who had been hitless in nine Series at-bats, launched a drive over the center-field fence to tie it. The fans roared, and several Yankees jumped over the railing in front of the dugout to celebrate.

"We knew we had our work cut out for us," Martinez said.

Kim set down the first two batters in the 10th. But Jeter, who had been only 1-for-15 in the Series, rose to the occasion.

Jeter fouled three two-strike pitches and then homered.

Making Brenly look like a genius, Schilling showed no ill effects in giving up three hits over seven innings.

"I felt good. I told him there was no reason take me out right there," Schilling said.

Schilling's bid for a record fifth win in a postseason, however, ended when the Yankees rallied.

"Schilling might pitch tomorrow night, too," Jeter said. "He did his job."

Since 1999, starters working on three days' rest had been just 1-9 with a 9.73 ERA in postseason play.

Everyone at Yankee Stadium was energized, a sharp contrast to the subdued crowd on hand for President Bush's visit for Game 3. And while Mayor Rudolph Giuliani hollered from the front row, Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez was the most excitable of all.

El Duque shouted at plate umpire Ed Rapuano, firmly shook off catcher Jorge Posada and accidentally smacked into Arizona's Tony Womack.

Hernandez made up with Rapuano when he was pulled in the seventh. He made a beeline to meet the umpire along the first-base line and patted him on the chest, and both men smiled.

 
Sudden Impact
Walkoff homers in New York Yankees postseason history
Year  Player  Series 
2001  Derek Jeter  WS 
2001  Alfonso Soriano  ALCS 
1999  Chad Curtis  WS 
1999  Bernie Williams  ALCS 
1996  Bernie Williams  ALCS 
1995  Jim Leyritz  ALDS 
1976  Chris Chambliss  ALCS 
1964  Mickey Mantle  WS 
1949  Tommy Henrich  WS 
World Series walkoff home runs
 

With Hernandez gone, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the eighth for a 3-1 lead.

Reliever Mike Stanton had retired 22 straight batters in Series play before Luis Gonzalez singled to start the inning and Erubiel Durazo followed with a go-ahead double.

Pinch-runner Midre Cummings later beat Jeter's throw home on Matt Williams' grounder for another run.

Before then, the only runs had come on homers. Shane Spencer connected for the Yankees in the third and Mark Grace tied it in the fourth.

Schilling start the game by throwing 10 consecutive strikes.

El Duque was eager to get going. He finished his warmups so quickly in the first two innings that, with Arizona hitters not yet ready, he threw a couple of balls to Jeter to keep loose.

Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but nearly let his emotions get out of hand in the third.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Hernandez threw a pretty good pitch to Williams that Rapuano called a ball.

Hernandez screamed some expletives, and Rapuano responded by yanking off his mask and taking a couple of steps toward the mound. Seeing that it could become volatile, Martinez ran in from first base to settle Hernandez and other Yankees joined him.

Torre, always steady in the midst of chaos, slowly walked out to talk to Rapuano. It was a soothing moment, with Torre getting the answers he wanted to hear and Rapuano, working his first Series game behind the plate, not doing anything drastic.

The break seemed to help Hernandez, and he retired Williams on a grounder.

"Certainly, if we cash in, we win the ballgame. But it didn't happen," Brenly said.

Grace, who made a point to tour Monument Park when he first saw Yankee Stadium on Monday, visited another distant spot in the fourth. He launched a home run into the upper deck in right field that made it 1-all.

Spencer hit an opposite-field homer to right leading off the Yankees' third.

Spencer also contributed another big defensive play. A day after making a key, sliding catch, throwing out Womack at the plate on a short fly to left.

Notes: Chad Curtis was the last player to end a Series game with a home run, doing it for the Yankees in 1999 against Atlanta. ... David Justice struck out in his first eight at-bats against Arizona. He broke the Series record of five consecutive strikeouts held by several players, including Mickey Mantle. Justice had an infield single in the ninth. ... Womack led off the game with his first hit of the Series. He had been 0-for-11. ... Spencer hit his first Series home run.


 
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