ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A chopper by Brett Gardner with a headfirst slide into first base, and the New York Yankees were rallying again.
"I stepped on his hand. So he was safe," Texas Rangers starter C.J. Wilson said.
Gardner's infield single leading off the eighth inning ignited a five-run outburst against Wilson and four Texas relievers to push the Yankees to a 6-5 victory in Game 1 of the AL championship series Friday night.
"All starts with a hustle play," manager Joe Girardi said.