ARLINGTON, Texas -- Comebacks are becoming so regular around the Yankees, they're almost predictable.
Even the Yankees said they were not surprised by their five-run eighth inning that changed the course of Game 1 - and maybe the rest of the ALCS, as well.
"I wouldn't say surprising," Alex Rodriguez said. "You still have to get 27 outs. And the sixth and ninth outs are the toughest ones. They always are."
Added manager Joe Girardi, "I'm never surprised what our guys - maybe thrilled sometimes, but never surprised."
By the time Rodriguez came to the plate, the Yankees were still down by three but a comeback sure looked likely. With the bases were loaded, Rodriguez jumped on the first pitch from Darren O'Day and hit a hard shot at third baseman Michael Young.
Young probably should have caught the ball - at the very least he had a good shot at it - but he couldn't get it and the ball skipped into leftfield for a two-run single, pulling the Yankees within a run.
"That's a hitter's dream," Rodriguez said. "Bases loaded, no outs and nowhere to put you. I felt if I could just get a good pitch to hit, just hit it hard somewhere."
Cano then hit the first pitch from lefthander Clay Rapada into centerfield for an RBI single, tying the score at 5. "I'm not trying to do too much," Cano said. "I'm trying to get a pitch that I can drive to tie the ballgame. Good thing he threw me a fastball on the first pitch."
Thames gave the Yankees a 6-5 lead by hitting a 2-and-2 fastball into leftfield. He was so pumped that he was celebrating before he even reached first base.
"I'm a little bit strong so they were playing a little deep so I knew that was going to get in there," Thames said. "I was excited."