There was no doubt this time. The Toronto Blue Jays could not lose this one.
Not after they scored five runs in the first inning and kept adding on. By the time it was over they had defeated the New York Yankees 14-0 before 20,036 fans at an open SkyDome.
The Blue Jays had a three-run lead in the opener of the series on Monday afternoon but couldn't hold it and lost 7-5.
But while the hitters were cracking out a merry tune, Chris Carpenter continued to pitch impressively.
He held the Yankees to six hits in going the distance for the third time this year and pitching his second shutout. He struck out a career-high 12.
He now has won two of his past three starts, with a no-decision in between, after going nearly two months without a victory.
Rookie Felipe Lopez hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the Blue Jays ended a string of five successive SkyDome losses to the Yankees.
Lopez's second homer came in the eighth inning against Mike Stanton, the third Yankee pitcher.
The game was well under control when Tony Fernandez, honoured at a dinner Monday night, went to the plate as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He hit a grand slam on Ted Lilly's 3-2 pitch to make the score 13-0. It was his first homer for the Blue Jays this season.
It was the second pinch-hit grand slam in Blue Jays history. Jesse Barfield hit the other one on April 24, 1982.
It was Fernandez's third-career grand slam.
The Blue Jays feasted on left-hander Andy Pettitte for seven runs, six earned, and 10 hits in three innings.
Meanwhile, Carpenter continued to show improved form after going without a victory between June 26 and Aug. 24.
He had both his fastball and his curveball working last night and was buoyed by early run support. He had 10 strikeouts by the end of the sixth inning, fanning five in a row from the third until the fifth. Then he struck out four of his next six batters.
Carpenter had an early tormentor. A gull hovered near the mound in he first inning, perhaps looking for Dave Winfield. Or perhaps looking for a scrap of food that it dropped.
The Yankees were without Derek Jeter after the first inning. He came out with tightness in his right hamstring. The injury occurred while running to first on a groundout in the opening inning. Enrique Wilson moved from third base to shortstop and Clay Bellinger played third.
Jorge Posada had a brutal night behind the plate for the Yankees. He was charged with two passed balls in the first three innings.
This was a rematch of last Thursday's starters at Yankee Stadium. Carpenter allowed one run in 5 innings and left with a 3-1 lead. And Pettitte allowed four runs in eight innings, failing to hold a 4-3 lead as he allowed Jose Cruz Jr.'s pinch-hit home run. The Yankees won the game 5-4 in 11 innings.
Cruz led off the bottom of the first with his 27th homer of the season. It was the fourth time this season he has led off a first inning with a home run.
It was only the beginning of a productive inning.
Alex Gonzalez and Shannon Stewart followed with singles. Carlos Delgado struck out and Raul Mondesi hit a fly out to deep left that advanced Gonzalez to third.
If the big guys couldn't do it, the youngsters could. Vernon Wells drove in a run with an infield single. Lopez hit a two-run triple to left-centre field and Cesar Izturis hit a run-scoring single to make the score 5-0.
The Blue Jays scored twice in the third inning, assisted by Bellinger's error on Alberto Castillo's grounder. Mondesi led off the inning with a double and scored on Izturis's double.
Cruz drove in a run with his third hit in as many innings, a single to make the score 7-0. The hit left him a triple short of the cycle. But he struck out in his next at-bat and, in the seventh, left the game in favour of pinch hitter Chris Latham.
Pettitte used 81 pitches, 51 strikes, to labour through the three innings and that was his night. Left-hander Lilly took over in the fourth.
Lilly got the first two outs of the fourth before Wells singled and Lopez hit his second homer of the season to make the score 9-0.
By the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees made several substitutions.