By RONALD BLUM
NEW YORK — Just when it seemed the Yankees’ latest dynasty was crumbling, New York’s dormant offense awoke in time to tie the AL championship series at a game apiece.
Bernie Williams ended a record 21-inning scoreless streak with an RBI single that sparked a seven-run eighth inning, and New York rallied past the Seattle Mariners 7-1 today.
Orlando Hernandez, pitching on his birthday, improved to 7-0 with a 1.22 ERA in postseason play, allowing six hits and striking out seven in eight innings on an afternoon of brilliant sunshine.
But as twilight turned to dusk, it seemed like the Yankees’ hopes for a third straight World Series title were fading away.
New York was 12-for-58 (.207) against the Mariners in the first 19 innings of the series.
Then, suddenly, New York shocked Yankee Stadium by going 8-for-8 to start the eighth inning, the crowd of 55,317 rocking the old ballpark with every hit.
Seattle’s bullpen, which had pitched 15 scoreless innings in the postseason when Arthur Rhodes took the mound at the start of the inning, got blown apart, wasting six shutout innings by starter John Halama.
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