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This date in Yankees history: Clay saves the day

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — On this date in New York Yankees history, Clay Bellinger came through in the clutch.

The April 19, 2000 contest between the Yankees and Texas Rangers was a seesaw affair in Arlington. A Bernie Williams home run to center off Jeff Zimmerman provided New York some insurance with a 4-2 lead in the ninth.

Yet, during the home half, Ivan Rodriguez smoked a two-run homer to right off Mariano Rivera for the equalizer.

Although an inning later the Bronx Bombers and Bellinger would strike it rich deep in the heart of Texas. With one out in the tenth, Bellinger delivered with a go-ahead home run to take a 5-4 advantage.

Rivera would settle down and shut it down for the 5-4 victory.

The win gave the Yankees a three-game sweep and capped off an eight-game winning streak, their longest of that season.