Big first inning propels defending World Series champs to ALCS vs. Seattle.
Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 9, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Pushed to the limit by upstart Oakland, the Yankees won 7-5 in a winner-take-all Game 5 in the AL division series on Sunday, and advanced to the championship series for the fourth time in five years.
Bobby Jones throws a one-hitter to send New York into the NCLS against St. Louis.
The Yankees scored six times in the first inning against Gil Heredia, then withstood a steady comeback attempt from the West champs.
The ALCS begins Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Freddy Garcia or John Halama will start for the Mariners. The Yankees have not announced a Game 1 starter.
A winner in the opener, Heredia didn't get through the first inning Sunday. He was shelled for six runs and four hits by the first seven batters.
A three-run double by Tino Martinez was the biggest blow as Heredia, who also walked two batters and gave up a sacrifice fly, had his shortest start since July 7, 1995, in the most important game of his career.
From the moment designated hitter Chuck Knoblauch lined Heredia's first pitch into rightfield for a single, it was clear Heredia didn't have much going. He walked Derek Jeter and gave up an infield single to Paul O'Neill before Bernie Williams' sacrifice fly to right brought home New York's first run.
After David Justice walked to load the bases, Martinez hit a hanging curveball to deep centerfield. Terrence Long got a late jump on the ball, then had trouble corraling it, allowing all three runners to score.
Jorge Posada added injury to Heredia's insult with an infield single on a liner off Heredia's right thigh. Manager Art Howe then brought in Jeff Tam to replace Heredia, who went to the dugout in a shower of boos from the crowd.
Kevin Appier, who started Game 2, replaced Tam to start the second inning. It was Appier's first relief appearance since 1991.
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