With the Yankees on their worst losing streak in nearly a year, Derek Jeter stopped the skid with a run-scoring single in the ninth inning that led New York over the Anaheim Angels 7-6 Wednesday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
In the opener, Reggie Williams hit a go-ahead, two-run homer as Anaheim won 6-4, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.
"We're still human; there's no doubt about that," Yankees reliever Mike Stanton said between games.
New York then wasted a 5-1 lead built largely by Homer Bush's first major-league homer, a three-run shot in the fifth off Steve Sparks.
Jim Edmonds' second homer of the game, a two-run shot, pulled Anaheim to 5-3 in the seventh. Tim Salmon's RBI single made it 6-4 with no outs in the eighth and chased David Wells.
Mariano Rivera (3-0), who has never gotten six outs for a save, gave up an RBI grounder to Garret Anderson later in the inning, then allowed an RBI single to Darin Erstad that scored Norberto Martin from first with two outs in the ninth.
But Mike Fetters (2-7) walked Jorge Posada leading off the bottom half, Scott Brosius sacrificed against Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Bush advanced the runner with a groundout. Jeter then singled to right.
| Reggie Williams (55) is greeted by teammates Gary DiSarcina (9) and Randy Velarde as he crosses the plate after hitting a two-un homer in Game One of Wednesday's doubleheader. (AP) |
"Now, all of a sudden, the question isn't who we're going to play in the World Series, it's how we're going to get there," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Funny what happens in a week."
The Angels, who began the day with a 31/2-game lead over Texas in the AL West, are 6-4 against the Yankees this season -- the only team to lead New York in the season series -- and could open the playoffs at Yankee Stadium.
"Nothing means anything until you get to the postseason. In 1988, we beat them 11 out of 12 and lost to them in the playoffs," said David Cone, remembering how the Mets dominated the Dodgers during the regular season 10 years ago.
In the opener, Jeff Juden (1-2) won for the first time in 11 starts since June 26 and for the first time in four starts since the Angels acquired him from Milwaukee on Aug. 7. He allowed four runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Troy Percival, who hasn't allowed an earned run in 18 1/3 career innings against New York, got three outs for his career-high 37th save as the Angels won for the eighth time in 10 games. Percival tied Boston's Tom Gordon for the AL lead.
Ryan Bradley (1-1), who won in relief last Saturday in his major-league debut, started for the Yankees after Ramiro Mendoza had a wart removed from his buttocks and was scratched from the lineup. Bradley opened with four shutout innings, but gave up three runs in each of the next two.
In all, Bradley struck out eight in five-plus innings, allowing five earned runs, seven hits and four walks. He was sent back to the minors after the game.
Tino Martinez's 23rd homer -- a drive off the facing of the right-field upper deck -- put New York ahead in the second, and Paul O'Neill had an RBI double in the third.
Gary DiSarcina had an RBI double in the fifth and Williams followed with his first major league homer for a 3-2 lead. Salmon hit an RBI double in the sixth and scored on Anderson's single.
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