Ervin Santana pitched his way to his 12th win as the Yankees were shut out and the Angels got their fifth straight win by putting up just one run.
Yankees starter Sidney Ponson actually held the Angels hitless until Garret Anderson singled in the fifth. The winning Angel run came in the ninth off Yankee great Mariano Rivera. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a walk and pinch-runner Reggie Willits took third on Vlad’s single. Torii Hunter then smacked a single to center to score Willits from third. The Angels only tallied four hits on the night, with two in the ninth, but their RBI-single allowed them to beat the Yankees who outhit them with five total.
Ervin Santana threw eight spectacular shutout innings, giving up just five hits and striking out eight. He was given the win after the Angels put themselves ahead in the ninth. K-Rod then threw a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout for his 45th save.
The Angels look to clinch the series on Saturday in front of a nationally televised crowd. Riding an 11-2 record since the All-Star break, the Angels send Jered Weaver to the mound to face veteran Mike Mussina. Weaver is looking for his tenth win and looks to improve his record to a perfect 3-0 against the Yankees. Mussina has had an outstanding season, with a 13-7 record and is 15-9 lifetime against the Angels. The Angels lineup will be without Torii Hunter’s bat for the next two games; he is leaving the team to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Gary Matthews, Jr. will likely get the nod in place of Hunter, who should return on Monday.
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