Angels Swing Back, Tighten ALCS
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels finally found heroes and a way to beat the New York Yankees, rallying for a 5-4 victory Monday that cut the Yankees' American League Championship Series lead to 2-1.
The day's last hero was Jeff Mathis, whose 11th-inning double off Alfredo Aceves - the eighth Yankees pitcher - drove in Howie Kendrick, who singled with two outs. But Kendrick and others kept the Angels from falling into a 3-0 hole vs. the team with baseball's best record.
"We can't save (the season) in one game," said center fielder Torii Hunter, one of three Angels who couldn't drive a winning run in from third base in the 10th. "We've got a long way to go."
That road back continues today when the Yankees get the most severe test of their plan to use three starting pitchers for the first two rounds of the playoffs. CC Sabathia pitches on three days' rest after throwing 113 pitches in eight innings Friday to win Game 1. His only previous postseason start on short rest was when he allowed five runs in 3 innings for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of a 2008 division series.
The Angels trailed 3-0 Monday on homers by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon before Kendrick homered in the fifth off Andy Pettitte. Vladimir Guerrero, who stranded eight runners in Game 2, tied it with a two-run homer in the sixth.
"I told him before the game, 'These guys think you're done,' " Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said of Guerrero.
"That motivated me," Guerrero said, "to show what I could do."