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WS Score Tracker: Game 1
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10/18/2003 11:51 PM ET 
WS Score Tracker: Game 1
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TOP 1st: FLA 1, NYY 0: The Marlins literally hit the ground running in the opener of the 2003 World Series against the Yankees. On the game's second pitch, Florida's speedy center fielder Juan Pierre dropped a bunt single to the right side. Two pitches and two pickoff attempts later, he wheeled all the way to third when Luis Castillo looped a shallow single just out of the reach of Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson. Marlins catcher Ivan Rodriguez then brought home Pierre with a sacrifice fly to center field, giving the Marlins a one-run lead over New York starter David Wells just five pitches into the series. The 41-year-old lefty got an infield fly for the second out and showed some veteran savvy after Castillo swiped second by striking out Derrek Lee to escape the frame without further trouble.

BOT 3rd: FLA 1, NYY 1: It didn't take long for the Yankees to answer with a run of their own. Karim Garcia started things by flaring a single into left field against Florida starter Brad Penny. Marlins left fielder Miguel Cabrera got a late break and was charged with an error as he fumbled the ball on one hop during a slide, allowing Garcia to take second. Penny followed with a five-pitch walk to Johnson before Derek Jeter ripped a game-tying RBI single into center field. With runners at the corners, Penny gave himself a chance to escape the inning when he got Bernie Williams to lift a shallow fly into left. Thanks to Rodriguez, that was the final out Penny had to get. Three pitches later, the Marlins catcher hooked up with third baseman Mike Lowell to pick off Johnson at third with Hideki Matsui at the plate.

TOP 5th: FLA 3, NYY 1: Florida played some small ball to retake the lead in the fifth. Designated hitter Jeff Conine started the rally with a leadoff walk and took second when Juan Encarnacion singled to right. Marlins manager Jack McKeon then had his team utilize something the Yankees haven't seen much of this postseason -- a sacrifice bunt. Florida shortstop Alex Gonzalez moved both runners into scoring position with a perfectly placed sacrifice at Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone. That brought Pierre to the plate with one out. New York manager Joe Torre decided to bring his infield in to guard against Pierre's speed while setting up a possible play at the plate. Pierre slapped an opposite-field single through the left side. Conine came home easily and the Marlins decided to test Matsui's arm by sending Encarnacion from second. Matsui's throw appeared to be on target and in time, but Boone cut off the throw much to the dismay of his starting pitcher.

BOT 6th: FLA 3, NYY 2: After watching the Marlins' station-to-station style in the fifth, Williams used a more traditional American League method to make it a one-run game in the sixth. After Jeter's groundout, the Yankees' center fielder belted Penny's second offering into the right-center field bleachers for his first home run of this postseason. Matsui followed with his second single to right to end the night for Penny. McKeon chose to go with rookie southpaw Dontrelle Willis against Posada even though the switch-hitting catcher had hit .295 from the right side, as opposed to .276 from the left, during the regular season. The move worked. Posada grounded into a forceout, but swiped second base to put the tying run in scoring position for Jason Giambi. The Marlins' rookie phenom went to a full count against the Yankees' slugger, but got out of the inning when Gonzalez made a nifty barehanded play to throw out Giambi on a broken-bat, one-hopper up the middle.

BOT 8th: FLA 3, NYY 2: No scoring, but New York did have a chance to draw even. Willis had mowed down the Yankees in order in the seventh inning, and appeared poised to do the same in the eighth before back-to-back, two-out singles from Williams and Matsui forced his exit. McKeon again changed pitchers with Posada at the plate, and once again it worked. Well-traveled right-hander Ugueth Urbina came in from the Florida bullpen to end the New York scoring threat with a five-pitch strikeout.

BOT 9th: FLA 3, NYY 2: Things didn't go quite as smoothly for Urbina in the next frame. He started the inning with a five-pitch walk to Giambi, who gave way to pinch-runner David Dellucci, but got Boone to fly out to shallow right field after the Yankee hitter failed to get down a sacrifice bunt. Ruben Sierra, who had entered the game to pinch-hit for Juan Rivera, moved the winning run into scoring position by drawing another walk. The next hitter, Alfonso Soriano, worked the count full before taking a called third strike. With just one out to spare, Johnson had a chance to make up for getting picked off earlier in the game, but Urbina induced a shallow flyout to Pierre in center to earn the save and give the Marlins a Game 1 victory.

Todd Lorenz is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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