Mathis Sparks Angels

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels edged the New York
Yankees 5-4 on a run-scoring double by Jeff Mathis in the 11th
inning to cut the Yanks lead in the American League Championship
Series to 2-1.

The winning hit came off Aldredo Aceves (ah-SEH'-vihs), the
eighth Yankee pitcher of the night. Aceves retired the first two
batters in the 11th before Howie Kendrick started the rally with a
single. Mathis followed with a double to deep left that easily
scored the speedy Kendrick.

This was the second straight extra-inning thriller in this
series. The Yanks won Saturday night in 13 innings in New York in a
game that lasted 5 hours, 10 minutes. Game 3 took 4 hours, 21
minutes.

The Angels nearly won it in the 10th. They had runners on first
and third and nobody out but couldn't score as Mariano Rivera, the
all-time postseason saves leader, got out of the jam.

The Yankees hit four solo home runs for their runs. Derek Jeter
led off the game with a homer. Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and
Jorge Posada (HORH'-hay poh-SAHD'-uh) also went deep. Kendrick
homered for the Angels. Vladimir Guerrero had two hits and drove in
a run for the Angels. Ervin Santana got the win in relief.

Game 4 is tomorrow night in Anaheim. The Yankees send out
19-game winner CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) against 10-game winner Scott Kazmir.


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