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Game 5 Q & A with Aaron Boone
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10/14/2003 11:04 PM ET 
Game 5 Q & A with Aaron Boone
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Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar fails to make the tag on Aaron Boone in the fourth inning of Game 5. (Winslow Townson/AP)
BOSTON -- Aaron Boone went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-2. The hits were Boone's first of the ALCS. The Yankees hold a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series, meaning that a win in New York on Wednesday will lock up a trip to the World Series.

After the game, Boone talked with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand about David Wells, Karim Garcia and those two big hits.

MLB.com: How nice was it to see David Wells come up with another big performance today?

Boone: He was great. He pitched well, and when he did get into jams, he made some huge pitches against the meat of their order. Then again, their whole lineup is the meat of the order.

MLB.com: After Wells walked Nomar Garciaparra to load the bases in the fifth and Manny Ramirez grounds out to you to end the inning, did you feel as if you had gotten away with one?

Boone: I don't know about getting away with one, but there were a couple of innings where I felt like, 'Yes! We got through another one.' That was pretty much all Boomer, making the pitches when he needed to.

MLB.com: You guys put up three runs in the second inning against Derek Lowe. Did that set the tone?

Boone: Lowe pitched pretty good today. We got a little rally against him and were able to get some big two-out hits. In the playoffs, that's how you win games. Runs aren't easy to come by. Karim got a huge hit and then Sori comes up and gets another one. Boomer was able to make it hold up and get the ball to Mo.

MLB.com: Karim Garcia has had a couple of interesting days here in Boston. After all of the off-the-field events of the last few days, were you impressed to see him keep his focus and get that big hit?

Boone: That was a big hit. He looked good at the plate, came up and got us on the board with the bases-loaded hit. That was huge.

MLB.com: Did you get the sense that the three-run inning took the Fenway Park crowd out of the game at all?

Boone: They were pretty into it the whole game. They had a lot of rallies, had some chances, so they were into it. Boomer kept making big pitches and Mo took it from there.

MLB.com: You had a couple of infield hits tonight. Can you build on that?

Boone: I felt a lot better at the plate. Hopefully those are baby steps for me, so maybe I can take off from here.

MLB.com: The infield played great defense tonight. How important is that with a pitcher like Wells?

Boone: Sori made a lot of good plays, especially after his error. Jeter did his thing and Nick has been great at first. When Boomer's on his game, we know we'll have some chances. It's good to help him out.

MLB.com: Do you just love seeing Mariano Rivera on the mound?

Boone: That was just Mo being Mo. He's awesome. Superman (Todd Walker) hit the triple off of him, but other than that, he was impressive.

MLB.com: You are now one win away from the World Series. Does Cincinnati seem like a world away from here?

Boone: A little bit. I'll take it.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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