BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- If the Arizona Diamondbacks did not believe there was aura around the three-time defending champion New York Yankees, they do now.
Rookie Alfonso Soriano's single with one out in the 12th inning scored Chuck Knoblauch with the game-winning run as the Yankees pieced together another miracle comeback and defeated the Diamondbacks, 3-2, in Game Five of the World Series.
Left for dead three days ago, the Yankees are just one win away from becoming just the third team to win four straight World Series titles. But New York's 19th win in 22 World Series games and 10th straight at home was another for the ages.
With the Diamondbacks holding a 2-0 lead, Arizona manager Bob Brenly turned to Kim to start the ninth. Jorge Posada opened the inning with a double but the Korean sidearmer easily retired the next two batters.
Brosius, just 3-for-16 in the series to that point, crushed a 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats to knot the game.
"It seemed like the whole situation was set again and it happened again," Brosius said. "I definitely wasn't thinking that, I just wanted to hit it hard."
"It's Groundhog Day," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I don't know what's going on. You're sitting there, you have another breath left and Brosius hits the ball out of the ballpark. I mean, you shake your head. ... I don't know, I really don't. I said I didn't know last night so it's just double that.
If Wednesday's crowd was ecstatic, Thursday's was deafening as Brosius circled the bases. Kim, 22, who has surrendered three devastating homers in a span of 24 hours, dropped to a crouch and appeared to start crying on the mound as teammates consoled him.
"Brosius had some good swings off him on Wednesday and he had confidence that he was going to get on," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said.
"I talked to him at length this afternoon, called down to bullpen coach Glen Sherlock and asked how he was warming up and (he) said his stuff was electric," Brenly said. "He is our closer, he wanted the ball in that situation, made a bad pitch, a slider that hung over the inside of the plate to Scott Brosius."
Kim was crestfallen after blowing his second straight World Series save opportunity.
"I tried not to throw it the same as yesterday, but somehow things didn't go my way," Kim said. "Mentally and physically, I was ready. I feel sorry for the players and the manager."
Brenly went to 42-year-old former Yankee Mike Morgan, who got Soriano to end the inning. The Yankees turned to postseason ace Mariano Rivera in the 10th, who nearly turned the game over to the Diamondbacks in the 11th.
Danny Bautista opened with a single and took second on a bloop hit by Erubiel Durazo. After slugger Matt Williams sacrificed, Steve Finley was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded and one out, Reggie Sanders hit a liner up the middle that was gloved by Soriano. Mark Grace grounded out to third.
"It was a huge play, obviously," Jeter said. "I don't think he hit it well."
"I think it is just instinct and the desire to make the play," Soriano said through interpreter Leo Astacio.
Sanders did not believe that Soriano was there to make the play.
"I was very surprised to see them do that, to play double-play depth," Sanders said. "All I was trying to do was get the ball in play, to create a situation. I thought it was up the middle. It just goes to show you that everything Torre does at this point has been working for him."
In the 12th, Arizona went to 19-game loser Albie Lopez (0-1), who surrendered a leadoff single to Knoblauch, his first hit in 14 at-bats in the series.
Brosius sacrificed and Soriano followed with a single to right field. Catcher Rod Barajas could not handle Sanders' short-hop throw and the Yankees poured out of the dugout to mob Knoblauch.
"I took a little peek to see if it was going to be close and it short-hopped the catcher," Knoblauch said. "I can run a little bit so I knew I had a good shot. But Sanders has a great arm. ... I can't imagine what they are going through. I'm sure it is tough but we know that they are not going away."
"Last night I thought it would never happen again and it happens back-to-back nights," Soriano added. "There are really no words to describe it."
Brenly was asked about the mystique, aura and supernatural powers of the American League champs.
"I think that's cheapening what the Yankees are all about," he said. "They are a great baseball team. Trying to play it off to something supernatural I think takes away from the ability of these players.
"I think just the fact that we've been involved in the last two games, especially, some of the most exciting baseball I've ever been a part of. Can't win'em all, we would like to win'em all, but the Yankees are very tough here in their house and we know that. They were tough again tonight. But it doesn't diminish what our team tried to do out there tonight or what the Yankees were able to do out there, it was just a great ballgame."
The series shifts to Arizona for Game Six. The Diamondbacks will start Randy Johnson while the Yankees counter with Andy Pettitte. Johnson, probably headed for his third straight National League Cy Young Award, bested Pettitte in Game Two.
The late-inning heroics overshadowed a phenomenal performance by Arizona starter Miguel Batista. Bypassed for the start in Game Four, Batista tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and five walks, striking out six.
"My attitude is I want to pitch," Batista said. "I want to be out there the day after tomorrow. Hopefully Randy can go and throw a big game. If he doesn't, a lot of us are going to be in there. And the next day, I should be in there too."
Yankees starter Mike Mussina nearly was as good. The veteran righthander allowed five hits -- including a pair of solo home runs in the fifth -- in eight innings. He walked three and struck out 10.
One of the two solo homers hit in the fifth came off the bat of little-used backup Barajas. When starter Damian Miller was a late scratch with a strained right calf, Barajas -- a .160 hitter in the regular season -- was inserted into the lineup.
"I've got a bunch of confidence," Barajas said. "I'm sure the veterans out here who have played 15, 20 years, they know what baseball is all about. They know we can come back and take the next two games in Phoenix."
With the game scoreless in the fifth, Finley opened the inning with a homer to right, his first career postseason homer. Mussina got the next two batters but Barajas clubbed a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.
That lead stood until the ninth, when Brosius' eighth career postseason homer tied the game.
"This is the most incredible couple of games I've ever managed, obviously," Torre said.