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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A look at some of the best LDS Game 5s

By Richard Durrett

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With Game 5 looming tonight at Tropicana Field, here's a quick glance at some of the best Game 5s in LDS history put together by Mark Simon at ESPN Stats & Information:

October 8, 1995: Mariners cap comeback from 2-0 series deficit, beat Yankees, 6-5 in 11 innings in game with many memorable moments. Mariners score twice in eighth inning to tie, with last run coming on two-out, bases-loaded walk to Doug Strange. Yankees take lead on Randy Velarde’s 11th-inning hit, but Mariners win on two-run double by Edgar Martinez.

October 6, 1997: The Indians edge the Yankees, 4-3, behind starter Jaret Wright. Manny Ramirez opened the scoring with a two-run double. The Yankees rallied, but fell short as Jose Mesa escaped trouble in the ninth inning to close out the series.

October 11, 1999: An injured Pedro Martinez comes out of Red Sox bullpen, throws 6 hitless innings as Red Sox beat Indians, 12-8, to complete comeback from 2-0 series deficit. Indians had early 5-2 lead before Red Sox rally. Troy O’Leary paced Boston with two home runs and seven RBI.

October 14, 2001: One of best pitchers duels in LDS history between Curt Schilling and Matt Morris. Schilling and Diamondbacks lead Cardinals, 1-0 in 8th, but J.D. Drew ties game with home run. Diamondbacks score to win game, series on Tony Womack’s hit in bottom 9th.

October 15, 2001: Yankees complete comeback from 2-0 series deficit to beat Athletics in five games, the second straight year they won a five game series over Oakland. Alfonso Soriano helped the Yankees rally from an early deficit with a two-RBI hit in the second inning. David Justice hit a key home run late to put the game away.

October 5, 2002: Decisive Game 5 between Twins and Athletics is tight throughout, with Twins clinging to 2-1 lead in 9th inning. Twins score 3 runs in 9th inning to grab seemingly insurmountable four-run lead, but Athletics rally for 3 runs. Eddie Guardado escapes trouble to earn save, clinch series for Twins.

October 6, 2003: Red Sox beat Athletics, 4-3 in Oakland to clinch series. Pitching matchup is Pedro Martinez against Barry Zito and Oakland leads until Manny Ramirez hits 3-run home run in 6th inning. Oakland threatens to tie in bottom 9th, but Derek Lowe strikes out Adam Melhuse and Terrence Long with tying run on third base to end game, series.

October 10, 2005: The most recent Game 5 of an LDS featured the Angels rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Yankees, 5-3. The key hit was a two-run triple by Adam Kennedy. Ervin Santana relieved an injured Bartolo Colon and earned the win. The Yankees had chances in the ninth inning, but Alex Rodriguez killed a rally with a double play, and then after the Yankees put two men on base, Francisco Rodriguez got Hideki Matsui to ground out to end the series.