Final in 11

Series: Game 3 of 4

New York leads 3-0 (as of 9/11)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 10
Baltimore 2Final
New York 5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Baltimore 1Final
New York 3
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Baltimore 4Final
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New York 5
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
Baltimore 3Final
New York 7

Orioles 4

(64-80, 31-43 away)

Yankees 5

(92-53, 48-25 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 11, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: S. Karsay (6-4)

    L: R. Bauer (6-7)

    Johnson drives in winning run on emotional night

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Johnson's patience rewarded the fans who stayed to the end.

    From left, Hal Steinbrenner, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto and Stephen Swindal unveil a Yankee Stadium monument that honors the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. It reads: "We Remember."

    Johnson hit a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning as the New York Yankees held off the Baltimore Orioles to win 5-4 Wednesday night.

    Johnson's hit came with the stands less than half full of the 35,183 fans who witnessed a pregame ceremony remembering the anniversary of the terrorist attacks here.

    The Yankees dedicated a monument in Monument Park to the "victims and heroes'' of Sept. 11 before the game, which started just before 8 p.m. The dignified proceedings included saxophonist Branford Marsalis playing "Taps'' -- a moment that brought tears from some in the crowd, including Yankees manager Joe Torre.

    "You remember what happened here and all the people who were involved, all the heroes who were involved,'' winning pitcher Steve Karsay said. "You say a prayer for them and then try to go out and do your job''

    Once the ceremonies were over, the Stadium returned to business as usual. The groundskeepers cavorted as usual to "YMCA'' as they dragged the basepaths after the fifth inning, and fans rocked to "Cotton Eye Joe'' in the eighth.

    The Yankees won it in the 11th, reducing their magic number to nine for clinching their fifth straight AL East title.

    Rick Bauer (6-7) walked Jorge Posada with one out, and was relieved by B.J. Ryan, who struck out pinch-hitter John Vander Wal and walked Raul Mondesi. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Ryan gave up Johnson's hit up the middle.

    "The last couple of at-bats against a lefty, I was lunging forward,'' Johnson said. "I just tried to stay back on the ball.''

    The loudest cheers of the night, though, came when Torre was ejected in the ninth inning. Torre's ejection, his second this season, came after Robin Ventura was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a called third strike.

    "My problem was that he threw him out so quickly,'' Torre said. "He had a little bit of a short fuse. I was going to stay out there until he threw me out, I guess.''

    Karsay (7-4) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win. Last year, when baseball returned to New York after the attacks, Karsay also pitched, but he lost in his home borough of Queens, giving up a monster home run to the Mets' Mike Piazza.

    "It was a lot more emotional and a lot more traumatic than this year. Once you got through all the ceremonies,'' Karsay said about Wednesday night, "it still had the feel of a normal game.''

    The Orioles have lost 17 of their last 18 games. They had runners on first and second in the top of the 11th against Karsay, but Geronimo Gil grounded out to end the inning.

    "It's frustrating,'' said Melvin Mora, who was stranded on first. "We had a chance to win. We didn't produce. That's not the way we're supposed to be.''

    The Yankees took a 4-0 lead on Ventura's solo homer in the second and Alfonso Soriano's three-run shot in the third. Soriano's homer was his 36th of the season, tying the AL record for homers by a second baseman set by Seattle's Bret Boone last season.

    But the Orioles put together a four-run sixth inning to tie it at 4. Jerry Hairston hit an RBI single and Jay Gibbons' three-run homer off Orlando Hernandez.

    The Yankees' 65-inning walkless streak ended in a bizarre way. After leadoff hitter Chris Richard fouled off a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning, Hernandez licked his fingers while still on the mound, causing Angel Hernandez to call a ball.

    The streak was the longest since before World War II, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    Hernandez allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

    Baltimore's John Stephens, replaced by Buddy Groom to begin the eighth, gave up four runs, five hits and struck out eight.

    The game, like every other night game in the majors, was halted at 9:11 p.m. for a moment of reflection and a video tribute. The pause came during Soriano's at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.

    Game notes


    Torre said he couldn't look away from his TV Wednesday morning, as he watched the reading of the names of the 2,801 who died at the World Trade Center. "You found yourself getting out of bed and turning the TV on and knowing a year ago this minute, the first plane hit,'' Torre said. He said he watched to see the name of John Francis Swaine, the son of Yankees' executive Frank Swaine. One of John's daughters threw out the first pitch. ... Frequent chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!'' erupted from the crowd. ... The Orioles signed C Raul Casanova to a major league contract and had him in uniform for Wednesday night's game. Baltimore also activated OF Gary Matthews Jr. from the DL.

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