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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jubilant Yankees Beat Maddux to Win Series

NEW YORK -- Dynasty was simply no match for Destiny Saturday night. The Atlanta Braves may be the team of the '90s, but the New York Yankees left no doubt they are the team of 1996.


The Yankees capped an exhilarating post-season run with a 3-2 World Series-clinching victory over the Braves before 56,375 in Yankee Stadium, touching off a wild celebration that spilled onto the streets of a jubilant New York City.


Five days ago, after losses to Atlanta in Games 1 and 2, Yankee fans were bracing for a wake. But after closer John Wetteland got Mark Lemke to pop out with the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the top of the ninth, they'll get to shower their heroes with confetti at Tuesday's ticker-tape parade.


Few expected the Yankees to be back in New York for Game 6, but they reeled off three consecutive wins in Atlanta, overcoming a six-run deficit in Game 4.


Then the Yankees -- who had come from behind to win six of their last 10 playoff games -- beat the Braves', and baseball's, best pitcher, Greg Maddux, in Game 6 to win their 23rd championship.


It was the first time the home team had won a game in this World Series, and the first time since 1981, when the Dodgers beat the Yankees, that a team has won four consecutive World Series games after losing the first two.


"I'm a tremendous believer in destiny now,'' said Yankee third baseman Wade Boggs.


A Texas Ranger throwing error gives the Yankees a victory in Game 2 of the Division Series. A 12-year-old fan reaches over the outfield wall, turning a fly-ball out into a Yankee home run, in Game 1 of the American League championship series.


A backup catcher hits a game-tying, three-run home run off one of baseball's best closers in Game 4 of the Series, and the Yankees win in extra innings.


Nope, the Braves never had a chance.


Starting pitcher Jimmy Key gave the Yankees 5 1/3 effective innings Saturday, baseball's best bullpen came through with another sparkling effort, and the Yankees turned the third inning into a "Little Chop Shop of Horrors" for Maddux.


Paul O'Neill opened the inning with a double into the right-field corner and took third on Mariano Duncan's grounder to second. The Braves brought their infield in, but catcher Joe Girardi, swinging at the first pitch, blasted a triple over Marquis Grissom's head in center for a 1-0 lead.


Derek Jeter then lined a single through a drawn-in infield for a 2-0 lead, stole second and scored when Bernie Williams, lined a first-pitch RBI single to center, pushing the lead to 3-0.


The Braves countered with a run in the top of the fourth when Key walked Jermaine Dye with the bases loaded.


Weathers walked Andruw Jones, but lefty Graeme Lloyd came on to face pinch-hitter Ryan Klesko, who popped out to end the inning.


Super setup man Mariano Rivera didn't give up a hit in the seventh and eighth, and Wetteland gave Torre and Yankee fans his usual scare, giving up a run in the ninth before shutting the door.


Andruw Jones struck out to open the ninth, but singles by Klesko and Pendleton put runners on first and third. Wetteland struck out Luis Polonia on a high fastball for the second out, but Grissom singled to right, trimming the lead to 3-2.


Lemke popped a full-count pitch toward the third-base dugout, and both third baseman Charlie Hayes couldn't hang onto the ball as he crashed to the Braves' dugout floor.


But Lemke popped the very next pitch foul to almost the exact same spot, and Hayes was able to field it cleanly for the last out as the jubilation began.