Up 5-0 at the end of six and 5-1 at the end of seven, the Texas Rangers kept their home playoff futility streak (0-for-forever) going, allowing the Evil Empire to come all the way back for a 6-5 victory.
Josh Hamilton's three run, first inning homer off CC Sabathia looked like it would break the jinx, but A-Rod's two-run single, a ball hit to third that had DP written all over it until a bad hop at the last instant, keyed a five-run eighth that carried the NYY to the win.
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 42nd career postseason save, extending his major league record.
New York has won 10 consecutive postseason games against the Rangers, who were knocked out of the playoffs by the Yankees in their only three previous playoffs appearances (1996, 1998 and 1999). Texas is 0-7 in home playoff games, five of those losses to the Yankees.