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|Angels Win Thriller; Yankees Still Lead ALCS 2-1
|NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels edged the New York Yankees Monday 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, 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 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 Tuesday night in Anaheim. The Yankees send out 19-game winner CC Sabathia against 10-game winner Scott Kazmir.
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