Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 16
New York 9Final
Seattle 3
Game 2: Saturday, August 17
New York 8Final
Seattle 3
Game 3: Sunday, August 18
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Seattle 5

Yankees 2

(77-45, 41-25 away)

Mariners 5

(75-49, 39-27 home)

    3:05 PM ET, August 18, 2002

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: J. Pineiro (13-4)

    L: R. Clemens (10-4)

    S: K. Sasaki (31)

    Youngster Pineiro outduels Clemens for win

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Edgar Martinez, for once, was a real big hit against Roger Clemens.

    Martinez homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Mariners beat Clemens and the Yankees 5-2 on Sunday in a matchup of AL division leaders.

    Edgar Martinez

    Edgar Martinez has played his entire 18-year career with the Mariners.

    The Yankees had a six-game winning streak snapped.

    "He is just a great hitter,'' Clemens said. "He is patient and a student up there.''

    Martinez got to the major leagues with Seattle in 1987, three years after Clemens got to Boston.

    Martinez came into the game with a career .220 batting average against Clemens. The Seattle DH finished the day 21-for-86 (.244) with three homers lifetime vs. the Rocket.

    "I got lucky, I guess,'' Martinez said with a grin. "He's been very tough through the years. I mean the guy is going to be a Hall of Famer and I don't think many hitters do well against him.''

    Yankees manager Joe Torre said Clemens didn't have anything to be ashamed about.

    "He was fine,'' Torre said. "I thought he pitched well. It is no embarrassment when Edgar gets a couple of base hits off you.''

    Joel Pineiro (13-4) outpitched Clemens (10-4), who lost for the first time after posting two victories since coming off the disabled list Aug. 6 because of tightness in his right groin.

    Pineiro, in his first full season in the majors at 23, improved his record against New York to 2-0, both wins coming this year.

    In 6 1-3 innings, Pineiro allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.

    Pineiro said he tried to focus on the game, not the fact that he was matched up against Clemens.

    "I'm not going against Roger, I'm going against their hitters,'' he said. "I've got to make sure I get them out. Yeah, I pitched against him and it was great. He's one of my idols. I've always looked up to and it'll be great to say one day that I beat him. Hopefully, it'll be a couple more.''

    Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 36 chances

    Clemens was taken out after seven innings and 125 pitches. He allowed five runs -- for the sixth time this season -- on nine hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts.

    Martinez gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 403-foot homer to center.

    Seattle made it 5-0 with four runs in the third. Dan Wilson doubled, Jeff Cirillo got aboard on a bunt single and Ichiro Suzuki walked to load the bases before John Olerud hit a sacrifice fly.

    Martinez followed with a two-run double and Bret Boone had an RBI single.

    Clemens said he didn't mind giving up Martinez's home run. But he was mad at himself for giving up the two-run double to Martinez.

    "If I make a good pitch on Edgar, I was battling hard to get the out right there and keep it 2-0,'' he said. "After the fact, you sit up here and are really upset with that. Obviously, that was the inning.''

    The Mariners lost the first two games of the series 9-3 and 8-3. They needed to win Sunday, Martinez said.

    "It was big,'' he said. "They're very tough, they play well. You can't afford to make mistakes. We played great today. When you play the Yankees, that's what you've got to do.''

    Jason Giambi hit his 30th homer, a line drive into the corner in right field, to open the fourth.

    New York got its second run in the seventh because of a mental mistake by left fielder Mark McLemore, who was still apparently upset after being called out on strikes in the sixth.

    With Raul Mondesi on first after a fielder's choice, Rondell White singled. Mondesi slowed down at second and then took off for third as McLemore was slow to get the ball back to the infield. White took second on the play. Modesi scored on pinch-hitter John Vander Wal's sacrifice fly.

    Despite losing two of three in the weekend series against the AL East leaders, the Mariners won the season series 5-4.

    The AL West leaders beat the Yankees for the third year in a row and for the sixth time in eight years.

    Game notes


    During the game, the Mariners announced they had acquired RHP Ismael Valdes from the Texas Rangers in a trade for a pair of minor leaguers, infielder Jermaine Clark and left-hander Derrick Van Dusen. ... Clemens' lifetime record against Seattle dropped to 22-13. He beat the Mariners 8-1 on April 26 in Seattle. The Mariners optioned left-hander John Halama to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Valdes, who will start for them Wednesday night in Detroit. ... Cirillo also had three hits. ... Martinez hit his third career homer against Clemens and the 29th against New York. He has 91 career RBI against the Yankees. ... Bernie Williams of the Yankees, who had his streak of 11 consecutive hits end Saturday, went 2-for-3 and has an 11-game hitting streak. He had his ninth consecutive multihit game. ... Yankees C Jorge Posada started his third game of the season at DH. He was moved to catcher in the eighth after Chris Widger was taken out. ... Suzuki was walked intentionally twice by Clemens, giving him 22 intentional walks this season, tops in the AL.

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