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Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
Before the 1995 postseason began, the Angels and Mariners had to settle the AL West crown with a one-game playoff, and on the strength of a complete game four-hitter from ace Randy Johnson, the Mariners won that game 9-1
However, that start left Johnson unavailable to start Game 1 of the ALDS, and the Yankees jumped on a tiring Chris Bosio and the Mariners bullpen for seven runs from the sixth inning on to come away with a 9-6 victory.
Game 2 was an exciting one, as it was not decided until the 15th inning on a Jim Leyritz walk-off home run. The Mariners had seemingly won things when Ken Griffey Jr. homered off Yankees closer John Wetteland in his third inning of work in the top of the 12th, but a Ruben Sierra RBI double tied things up in the bottom of the frame, setting up the Leyritz blast.
With their backs against the wall, the Mariners sent Johnson to the mound in Game 3, and he pitched like the ace he was, giving up just two runs on four hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of work. He left the game with a 7-2 lead, and Seattle held on for a 7-4 victory.
Bosio took the ball again in Game 4 and was shelled, giving up five earned runs through two-plus innings of work. He gave way to Jeff Nelson who kept the Mariners in it with four scoreless innings of relief.
A five-run bottom of the eighth, that featured a grand slam by Edgar Martinez and a solo shot by Jay Buhner, gave the Mariners the lead and eventually the game as they won 11-8.
That set up a decisive Game 5, and the Mariners sent Andy Benes to the mound, but it was all hands on deck, and Johnson was available out of the bullpen.
The Yankees held a 4-2 lead though six innings, but the Mariners struck for two runs in the bottom of the eight to tie things up with a Griffey home run and a bases-loaded walk from Doug Strange.
With that, the Mariners turned things over to Johnson entering the ninth, and the game went into extra innings from there. The Yankees took the upper hand when they struck for a run in the top of the 11th on an RBI single from Randy Velarde, but the Mariners had an answer.
Joey Cora and Griffey hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the frame, before Martinez hit what is now known simply as "The Double," with Griffey racing around from first to score the deciding run and send the Mariners to the ALCS where they fell to the Indians 4-2.