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11/02/2001 06:37 AM ET
Yanks take series lead with another thriller
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Scott Brosius, the 1998 World Series MVP, slugged a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats to tie the contest.
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NEW YORK -- Now, the only thing standing in the way of the Yankees' fourth World Championship is Randy Johnson.

For the second straight night, the Diamondbacks were one out away from a win. And for the second consecutive night, closer Byung-Hyun Kim blew it.

Steve Finley and Rod Barajas had each homered and Miguel Batista surprised the Yankees with a dominating performance, moving Arizona within one win of its first World Championship.

And somehow the Yankees found that mystique again.

Scott Brosius hit a game-tying, two-run homer with two out in the ninth and rookie Alfonso Soriano hit a game-winning RBI single in the 12th to lift the Yankees to a magical 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

"It's Ground Hog Day," New York manager Joe Torre said.


Diamondbacks 2 8 0
Yankees 3 9 1
WP: Sterling Hitchcock (1-0)
LP: Albie Lopez (0-1)
SV: None

HR: Steve Finley (1), Rod Barajas (1), Scott Brosius (1)


The Yankees can clinch their fourth World Series in a row with a win Saturday in Arizona.

First, they all need to catch their breath.

"This is the most incredible couple of games I've ever managed," Torre said.

"They're a great baseball team," said Arizona manager Bob Brenly, who's had a tough time figuring out a way to beat them.

"Hopefully, in the dictionary, maybe Webster or whoever makes it will change the definition of 'team' and just put Yankees next to it," New York's Chuck Knoblauch said.


"I don't think you can go through the clubhouse and find anybody who's played in two games like this. These guys, for some reason, believe they can come back and the more it happens the more they feed off of that and believe the game isn't over."

--Mike Mussina

It was unlikely heroes that came through. Brosius, hitting just .152 this postseason, homered off Kim, who muffed his second save situation in a row.

"B.K. was fine," Brenly said. "He's our closer, he wanted the ball in that situation, he made a bad pitch, a slider that hung over the inside of the plate to Scott Brosius."

In the 12th, Knoblauch ended a 0-for-13 World Series skid with a leadoff single off Albie Lopez (0-2). He advanced on Brosius' sacrifice and scored on Soriano's single to right. The throw home wasn't even close.

What was it Yogi Berra said about not being over until it's over?

"I don't think you can go through the clubhouse and find anybody who's played in two games like this," Yankees starter Mike Mussina said. "These guys, for some reason, believe they can come back and the more it happens the more they feed off of that and believe the game isn't over. It just so happens that two nights in a row on the biggest stage it's happened two nights in a row. We still have one game to play, one game to win."

Mussina, who pitched well enough to win, knew better than to wait in the clubhouse for the game to end. He showered, got dressed and headed back to the dugout to watch.