Yankees work magic again

Friday, November 2, 2001

NEW YORK -- Another jolt of midnight magic, another stunning World Series win for the New York Yankees.

Scott Brosius saved the Yankees with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, then Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the 12th early Friday to give New York a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks and a three games-to-two edge.

For the second straight night, the Yankees were one out away from defeat when they victimized closer Byung-Hyun Kim.

And once Brosius tied it with the two-run shot, there seemed to be little doubt about the eventual outcome.

Chuck Knoblauch opened the 12th with his first hit of the series and moved up on Brosius' sacrifice. Soriano followed with a single off losing pitcher Albie Lopez, and Knoblauch scored ahead of right fielder Reggie Sanders' throw.

Sanders had a shot at Knoblauch, but his one-hop throw could not be handled cleanly by catcher Rod Barajas.

A night earlier, Kim served up a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to Tino Martinez. In the 10th, Jeter homered off Kim to win it.

Kim, who threw 62 pitches in Game 4, relieved to start the ninth Thursday.

Jorge Posada doubled leading off, Shane Spencer grounded to third and Chuck Knoblauch grounded out, bringing up Brosius, the MVP of the 1998 World Series.

Brosius took a ball, then sent the next pitch into the left-field seats. Yankees fans jumped up and down and Kim collapsed on the mound for about a half-minute.

Before Wednesday, only once before in Series history had a player homered to tie a game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth: Tom Tresh of the Yankees in 1964.

Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 10th for the Yankees and Mike Morgan retired the side in order for the Diamondbacks.

Rivera then escaped in the 11th after singles by Danny Bautista and Erubiel Durazo. Matt Williams sacrificed and Steve Finley was intentionally walked to load the bases for Reggie Sanders, who hit a liner that second baseman Alfonso Soriano caught backhanded with a diving grab. Mark Grace then grounded to third with Brosius stepping on the bag for the force.

Morgan pitched a 1-2-3 11th and Sterling Hitchcock relieved Rivera to start the 12th.

Miguel Batista had shut out the Yankees for 7 2-3 innings, and Greg Swindell bailed him out of a first-and-third jam in the eighth when Martinez flied out.

Finley connected for the first postseason home run of his career leading off the fifth and Barajas, starting because catcher Damian Miller strained his right calf, connected with two outs.

Inserted in the No. 9 slot, Barajas hadn't batted in the postseason before Thursday and was 2-for-2 in Game 5, singling in the third for Arizona's first hit. The home run was his first since April 21 against Colorado.

Mussina, rocked for five runs -- three earned -- and six hits in three innings of Arizona's 9-1 victory in Game 1, allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out 10 and walked three.

He got out of a big jam in the eighth when Tony Womack singled leading off, stole second and took third on Posada's throwing error. With the infield in, Craig Counsell grounded to first, Luis Gonzalez struck out, Durazo walked and Williams popped out.

New York, which had runners in five of the first six innings, threatened in the first. Paul O'Neill, possibly playing in Yankee Stadium for the final time, drew a four-pitch walk with one out and Martinez singled him to third with two outs. But Posada struck out.

Arizona got its first runner when Grace walked with one out in the third. Barajas singled to move Grace to second, but Womack flied out on the next pitch and Counsell struck out.

Spencer singled leading off the Yankees' fifth and took second on a wild pitch, but David Justice struck out for the ninth time in 11 at-bats during the Series, Brosius flied out and Soriano grounded out. That dropped New York to 1-for-20 in the Series with runners in scoring position.

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