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11/01/2001 09:08 PM ET
Martinez, Jeter stun D-Backs to even series
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Tino Martinez (center) is congratulated after his two-run homer tied the game, 3-3, in the ninth.
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NEW YORK -- Call him Mr. November.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter belted a solo homer with two out in the 10th inning shortly after midnight Wednesday to lift the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks and tie the World Series at two wins apiece.

Call your travel agent. Book the flights. The World Series is headed west, folks. It's now best-of-three.

"It's huge. It's huge for our confidence," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said of the comeback win. "I think we're going to have to settle down [Thursday] because there's plenty of work to do."

Whoever wins the World Championship, and the Yankees are going for their fourth straight, they'll have to do it in the Arizona desert.

"It's obviously a huge boost," Jeter said of the win, then cautioned Yankee boosters from ordering their championship rings just yet. "This win means absolutely nothing unless we come out [Thursday] and play well. [Curt] Schilling might pitch again [Thursday], you never know."


Diamondbacks 3 6 0
Yankees 4 7 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1-0)
LP: Byung-Hyun Kim (0-1)
SV: None

HR: NYY: Shane Spencer (1), Tino Martinez (1), Derek Jeter (1); ARI: Mark Grace (1)


Schilling and the D-Backs were one out away from taking a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series when Tino Martinez tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run homer in the ninth off Byung-Hyun Kim (0-1). Martinez, who did not have a hit in nine previous at-bats in the Series, could share the player of the month honors with Jeter.

"I know he's hit some big home runs," Torre said of Martinez, "but this one is probably the biggest one he's ever hit."

"I just tried to take a big hack at it and got a hold of it," Martinez said.

Jeter, who was 1-for-15 in the Series before his 10th inning at-bat, fouled off four pitches from Kim and then launched a 3-2 pitch over the right-field fence for his first homer of the series.

"When I first hit it I had no idea [it was a home run]," Jeter said, "but once it goes out it's a pretty special feeling. I've never hit a walk-off home run before, so it was pretty special."

It was the 12th time a World Series game has ended on a home run, most recently when Chad Curtis' blast gave the Yankees the win in Game 3 of the 1999 Series against Atlanta.

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This is the first time a World Series game has ever extended into November, even if it did officially start on Oct. 31. The Fall Classic was delayed one week because the season was postponed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The expansion Arizona club was on the verge of moving within one victory of dethroning the dynasty. If they're to ultimately succeed, they'll have to wait a little longer.

Trailing 3-1 with one out in the Yankees' ninth, Paul O'Neill blooped a single to left. Kim, pitching his second inning in relief of starter Schilling, struck out Bernie Williams. Martinez then connected on the first pitch, blasting the ball over the center field fence to tie the game at 3-3.

"B.K. throws every day. It wasn't pushing him beyond what he can do," Arizona Manager Bob Brenly said about sticking with Kim in the 10th, his third inning of relief. "We had the lead, six outs to go in the ballgame and that's the way we hoped it would work out. But it didn't."

Mariano Rivera (2-0) picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief.

New York's Mike Mussina will start Game 5 against Miguel Batista (1-1, 3.95 ERA).