Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Angels flash leather, draw even with Yanks

October 6, 2005


— Orlando Cabrera, Bengie Molina and the Angels' slick gloves got Los Angeles even against the New York Yankees.

Cabrera scored the tying run after a costly error by Alex Rodriguez and hit a go-ahead single, Molina got two big hits, and the Angels beat the Yankees, 5-3, Wednesday night to tie their AL division series at one game apiece.

New York went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position - 0-for-8 after Robinson Cano doubled in the first run - and made three errors that led to three unearned runs.

The Angels saved two runs with sparkling defense.

Now the series shifts to Yankee Stadium, where Randy Johnson starts for New York on Friday night against Paul Byrd.

With New York leading 2-0 on Cano's second-inning double and Gary Sheffield's RBI grounder, Angels third baseman Chone Figgins dived toward the foul line to make a backhanded stop on a hard-hit ball by Hideki Matsui to end the fifth with Jason Giambi on third.

Juan Rivera homered off Chien-Ming Wang leading off the bottom half. Then, with Bernie Williams on second base in the sixth, Jorge Posada hit a grounder down the first-base line that Gold Glove first baseman Darin Erstad knocked down and flipped to pitcher John Lackey, who went to his knees at first to make the grab. Williams was stranded when Jeter grounded out against Scot Shields.

Los Angeles tied the score in the bottom of the sixth when Rodriguez let Cabrera's leadoff bouncer hit off the webbing of his glove for an error, and Molina singled Cabrera home with two outs.

The Angels then went ahead in the seventh on Cabrera's two-out, two-run single off Wang, and Molina homered in the eighth off Al Leiter - Molina's second homer in as many nights - to make it 5-2.

Posada hit a solo homer in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez, who got the save. That was the only hit off the Angels' bullpen, with Kelvim Escobar pitching two hitless innings between Shields and Rodriguez for the victory.

Figgins might not be wreaking havoc on the basepaths as he typically does due to an 0-for-8 start in the series with three strikeouts, but the Angels used bunts and speed to go ahead.

Rivera, a former Yankee, reached on an infield single leading off the seventh. He hit a high chopper to Jeter at shortstop and nearly stumbled before sliding safely headfirst into the bag

Jeff DaVanon entered to pinch run, and manager Mike Scioscia hustled out of the dugout to give instructions to Steve Finley, who bunted and reached when Wang's throw pulled Cano off the first-base bag for an error.

Adam Kennedy sacrificed the runners to second and third, Cabrera lined the next pitch to left-center to put the Angels ahead.


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