The Yankees came into Game 5 of the ALCS having scored five runs in the past three games.
Outside of a five-run rally in the eighth inning of Game 1, they’d scored just six through the first four games of the ALCS with a team batting average of .198.
But the bats broke out on Wednesday in Game 5 against Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson and two Texas relievers, banging out nine hits and three home runs in their 7-2 win.
"We've been struggling to score runs. We had to break out at some point and we had a pretty good day today. Hopefully we carry it over going to Texas," Brett Gardner said.
Two of the Yankees' runs in a three-run second came courtesy of RBI singles from Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson. The third was thanks to an errant throws by Jeff Francoeur and Wilson. Francoeur fielded Granderson’s single to right and threw to third to try to nab Jorge Posada. The throw got by third baseman Michael Young and Wilson, backing up the play, got the ball but misfired to catcher Matt Treanor, which allowed Posada to score.
"It was like a snowball fight," Yankees first baseman Lance Berkman said.
The Bombers added two more on back-to-back solo homers by Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano in the third.Two more came courtesy of Lance Berkman’s sac-fly in the fifth and Granderson’s homer in the eighth.
Now they head to Texas attempting to become the 12thteam in big-league history to rebound from a 3-1 deficit in a seven game series. Since the LCS went to a best-of-seven format, 24 of the 30 previous teams to take 3-1 series leads have won pennants.
"Crazier things have happened," Swisher said.
Texas is still outscoring the Yankees 32-18 and out-hitting them .348 to .160 with runners in scoring position. But after Wednesday's outburst, Swisher says he's looking forward to the test the Yankees face in Texas this weekend.
"With our lineup, the guys we have up and down, we've got to feel pretty good about our chances," Swisher said. "Obviously we put ourselves in a little hole, but we couldn't be more excited for the challenge."