NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are back.
Back in the driver's seat of Major League Baseball as the world champions again.
Designated hitter Hideki Matsui tied a 49-year-old World Series record by driving in six runs and the New York Yankees are leading Philadelphia, 7-3 in what quickly became the concluding Game 6 of the World Series. It is the Yankees' 27th World Series title.
Matsui connected on a two-run homer off 38-year-old Pedro
Martinez in the second inning. Matsui has hit three home runs in
this World Series, two against Martinez. He lasted four innings,
giving up four runs on four hits.
The Yanks added two more in the third when Matsui lined a
two-out single to center with the bases loaded. Matsui added a
two-run double in the fifth inning. Matsui's two-run double highlighted a three-run fifth inning off the Phillies bullpen.
37-year-old Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte went five and two-thirds
innings, allowing three runs on four hits. The Phils got a run back
in the top of the third on a triple by Carlos Ruiz, who scored on
Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly. Ryan Howard broke out of his slump
with an opposite field two-run homer in the sixth inning to make it
7-3. Pettitte was relieved by Joba Chamberlain.
Chamberlain got three outs, but was relieved by Damaso Marte got out of the jam by striking out Chase Utley, who has five homers in this Series, on three pitches.
Andy Pettitte, the winningest post-season pitcher ever, won four games in this postseason, and came back Wednesday night on three days rest. He got the victory in all three Yankee clinchers in the posteason, against the Twins, Angels and Phillies.
Yankee closer Mariano Rivera got the final five outs to touch
off the wild celebration in the Bronx. This marks the first World Series ring for Alex Rodriguez, the 2nd for former Royal Johnny Damon.. and the 5th for Yankees star Derek Jeter.
It's the Yanks' first championship since 2000.