PHOENIX (AP) -- A day later, and still Joe Torre could not explain how the New York Yankees had done it.
Down to their last out in the ninth inning, they'd rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks two nights in a row.
Nothing like it had ever happened before in the World Series.
"It does seem like it's magic," the Yankees manager said Friday at Bank One Ballpark. "I don't give you any other reason other than good relief pitching and a base hit here or there -- because we have certainly not wasted any extra-base hits."
Now, with a 3-2 edge, the Yankees are only one win from their fourth straight championship.
They'll try to wrap up their 27th overall title on Saturday night when Andy Pettitte pitches against Randy Johnson in Game 6. Johnson threw a three-hit shutout in Game 2.
If the Diamondbacks win, it'll force a superb Game 7 showdown -- Curt Schilling against the Yankees' Roger Clemens.
In any case, Arizona was just glad to be back home after losing two of the most thrilling, back-to-back games in postseason history.
The Diamondbacks had arrived at Yankee Stadium this week, all eager to explore the most storied ballpark in sports.
By the time they watched Chuck Knoblauch slide home early Friday, they'd seen enough.
A giant rat in their dugout. A pair of ninth-inning leads slip away. And three straight losses.
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