Benitez gives up game-winning hit


BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz knows how to take orders.

Called on to pinch-hit with two outs in the ninth inning of a
tie game Saturday, Ortiz carried out Boston manager Grady Little's
instructions to the letter.

"I wasn't trying to do too much that at-bat. Grady told me to
go and hit the Green Monster," Ortiz said.

He did just that, sending Armando Benitez's pitch off the
left-center fence at Fenway Park for an RBI single that gave the
Red Sox a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.

"I knew (Benitez) has a good fastball and I guess I was just
looking for a fastball," Ortiz said.

Ortiz, who didn't start because he is 0-for-20 lifetime against
Yankees starter Mike Mussina, spent part of Saturday morning
working on his swing with Red Sox hitting coach Ron Jackson.

"I have been getting under the ball lately and we were working
on that and getting my timing right," Ortiz said. "He corrected

Home runs by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez helped the Red
Sox build a 4-0 lead against Mussina, who had won four straight
decisions against Boston. But the bullpen blew it, nearly wasting
an outstanding start by John Burkett.

The Yankees tied the game against closer Byung-Hyun Kim on Karim
Garcia's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth.

Benitez (0-1), acquired from the Mets on July 16, gave up a
one-out single to Jeremy Giambi in the ninth.

Giambi stole second -- his first career steal -- as Jason Varitek
struck out. After Johnny Damon was intentionally walked, Ortiz came

"They got me. What can you do?" Benitez said. "I made a good
pitch to him."

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter thought Giambi was out at second,
but Giambi said catcher Jorge Posada's throw was off line.

"Jeter had to pull the ball from the other side of the bag and
that's why I was able to get in there," Giambi said. "I was able
to slide around the tag."

When his teammates pulled it out in the ninth, Burkett gleefully
ran onto the field in shorts, sandals and a cutoff T-shirt as the
Red Sox mobbed Ortiz.

After losing the series opener 4-3 Friday night, Boston trimmed
New York's lead in the AL East to 2{ games.

Burkett is 0-6 in 10 career starts and 11 appearances against
the Yankees. He came in with a 9.66 lifetime ERA against New York,
but pitched much better this time.

"I would have been disappointed if we didn't win today,"
Burkett said. "Whether I get the win or not doesn't matter."

Kim (4-3) was the winner after taking a loss in the last two
meetings between the teams.

Ruben Sierra's pinch-hit single in the seventh off Todd Jones
cut Boston's lead to 4-2. But the Red Sox got out of the inning
when Jones struck out Alfonso Soriano and Garciaparra threw out
Enrique Wilson at the plate trying to score on Jeter's double off
the left-field wall.

Wilson, pinch-running for Sierra, ran through third base coach
Willie Randolph's stop sign.

"You try to preach aggressiveness and sometimes it burns you,"
Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "That's what happens. I think when
he rounded third Willie was trying to stop him, but his head was
down trying to dig and go harder."

Bernie Williams reached second on a throwing error by Red Sox
reliever Scott Sauerbeck in the eighth and scored on Nick Johnson's
two-out double to make it 4-3. Garcia's single off Kim tied it.

The Red Sox scored three runs in the first inning. Damon walked,
stole second and scored on Garciaparra's 16th homer. After Kevin
Millar singled, Trot Nixon doubled off the wall in left to make it

Nixon rounded second base and was thrown out diving back to the
bag to end the inning.

Ramirez made it 4-0 in the fourth when he sliced Mussina's first
pitch around the foul pole in right field for his 25th home run.

Burkett gave up three hits in 5 2-3 innings and left with a 4-0
lead. He struck out three and walked three.

Mussina gave up four runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings. He
struck out six and walked four.

Game notes
The Giambi brothers started at DH for their respective
teams -- Jason for the Yankees and Jeremy for the Red Sox. ... Damon
was caught stealing for just the third time in 23 attempts this
season. He walked four times. ... Ramirez leads the team with 79
RBI. ... Burkett tipped his hat to the fans after getting a
standing ovation when he was removed. ... Soriano went 2-for-5 with
a double for his team-leading 41st multihit game of the season. ...
The Yankees and Texas Rangers are the only two major league teams
Burkett has never beaten.