Nolan Ryan hollered from the front row, manager Ron Washington pumped his fist in the dugout and C.J. Wilson kept in control on the mound.
Finally, a home playoff victory for the Texas Rangers was within reach. Even better, they were beating their old nemesis, the New York Yankees.
And then, Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees did what they do best. They rallied to win, using a five-run eighth inning to down Texas 6-5 Friday night in the AL championship series opener.
"That was a classic example of us having a tough start for the first six innings," said Rodriguez, who scooted home with the tiebreaking run soon after his two-run single that was nearly a double-play grounder. "Then a great at-bat and a great slide gets us going."