It wouldn't have happened without smart baserunning, some clutch hitting and a shrewd move or two, though.
And New York will have to do it all over again in Anaheim if it wants to play at home again this year.
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALDS.
|ERA||4.11||Even Al Leiter looked good|
|BA||.237 (31-for-131)||Power outage -- two HRs in series -- still an issue|
|BA w/ RISP||.229 (8-for-35)||The "2" in "2-for-9" on Sunday was HUGE|
|Runs||17||Thank you, Shawn, Al and Mariano|
|Ruben Sierra||.500 (1-for-2), RBI||Clutch pinch-hit single tied it up in seventh|
|Jorge Posada||.273 (3-for-11), 2 RBIs||Was on base four times Sunday; ran smart|
|Derek Jeter||.235 (4-for-17), HR, 3 runs||Table-setter went 0-for-4 Sunday|
Mariano Rivera has 12 two-inning saves in his glorious postseason career, but Sunday's was his first since 2003 at Boston. Frozen moment
Bernie Williams probably didn't want to go out with a lazy fly ball to center field, but if his eighth-inning at-bat is his last at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes, the crowd made it memorable with a standing ovation and asked for a curtain call when he returned to the dugout.
Though Leiter hadn't exactly earned any trust in his previous two outings, Yankees manager Joe Torre gave him the ball with a runner on and one out with New York trailing in the top of the seventh. Leiter got a double-play ball to get out of the inning, and Torre got Leiter out of the game.
Monday will mark the eighth time in franchise history that the Yankees have played a fifth and deciding game in the playoffs, including six times in ALDS action. Last word
"It's not going to hurt him to have that extra day."
-- Torre on Mike Mussina, who has been in Southern California for the past five days, hoping to pitch in Game 5
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.