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Youngster Pineiro outduels Clemens for win

8/19/2002

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.

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.