Yankees 8, Angels 7, 10 innings

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NEW YORK (AP)—In a kooky game, the New York Yankees won on a crazy carom.

Gary Sheffield lined an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Yankees ended Anaheim’s nine-game winning streak by beating the Angels 8-7 on wild, wet Tuesday night.

The game included two rain delays totaling nearly 2 1/2 hours, plus a brief, bizarre halt when the Yankees’ radio broadcast began echoing from the scoreboard in the 10th.

“I don’t remember many like that,” Angels closer Troy Percival said.

On a night when ace relievers Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez and Percival all squandered late leads, Sheffield’s hit ended it at 1:23 a.m.

Alex Rodriguez singled with one out in the 10th off Ben Weber (0-1). An out later, Sheffield hit a drive over leaping left fielder Jeff DaVanon.

When the ball ricocheted off the wall and past DaVanon, Rodriguez had enough time score from first. DaVanon’s throw sailed home, wide and well after Rodriguez crossed the plate.

“I said I better score because we all want to go home,” A-Rod said.

Before he batted, Sheffield got some advice from Bernie Williams on how to hit the herky-jerky Weber. Williams told him to look for a ball out over the plate because Weber’s pitches tended to tail in on right-handed hitters.

“A special moment for me, especially since I didn’t play that well early,” said Sheffield, 0-for-4 before that at-bat.

Tom Gordon (1-1) got the victory as New York won its third in a row.

Bengie Molina’s surprise, two-run shot off Rivera put the Angels ahead 7-6 in the ninth. Casey Kotchman singled for his first major league hit and Molina connected, stopping Rivera’s streak of 12 straight saves this year and 27 overall.

But Percival couldn’t hold a lead, either. Jorge Posada singled with one out, pinch-runner Homer Bush stole second, Hideki Matsui walked and Ruben Sierra lined a tying single.

Rivera and Percival, who both began the big league careers in 1995 and blossomed into All-Star closers, never had blown save chances on the same day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“You don’t ever expect Mo to blow one. But I was fully ready to go,” Percival said. “It was plain and simple: I had a one-run lead in the ninth and didn’t get the job done.”

About 3,000 fans from the announced attendance of 36,706 were still in the stands for the final out. Yankees management rewarded them, offering to redeem their ticket stubs for one of three games in September.

Anaheim stars Jose Guillen, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad all were hurt and did not play. Still, the Angels nearly managed to pull within one victory of the longest winning streak in team history, set in 1964.

Vladimir Guerrero and Troy Glaus also homered for the Angels.

Rodriguez entered in the eighth with a 0.00 ERA through 17 innings this season, trying to protect a 5-4 edge. Sierra, Kenny Lofton and Derek Jeter singled, tying the score.

Alex Rodriguez followed with a two-out, routine grounder that fill-in third baseman Shane Halter bobbled. His throw was just a shade late, and Rodriguez threw up his arms after being called safe.

Halter played third while Glaus served as the DH for the ninth straight game as he recovered from a sore shoulder.

Rodriguez and Jeter each had three hits. Rodriguez stole two bases and Jeter swiped one.

Both rain delays came in the fourth, one for 30 minutes and the other for 1:48.

Glaus hit his AL-leading 11th home run as Anaheim took a 3-0 lead in the first. Yankees starter Kevin Brown stayed in through the two delays, but gave up Guerrero’s tiebreaking homer leading off the sixth.

Brown wanted to weather the rain.

“I wasn’t very good before it, so I figured I couldn’t get any worse,” Brown said.

Angels starter Kelvim Escobar left after the rain delays.

Notes

David Eckstein struck out to start the game. He had not fanned in his previous 40 plate appearances, the longest active streak in the AL. … Angels relievers had been 5-0. … Anaheim was the first team to start a series at Yankee Stadium with a nine-game winning streak since Boston in 1949, Elias said. … Matsui fell to 0-for-9 with the bases loaded this season. He was 10-for-23 (.435) with two grand slams last year in those situations. … Angels reliever Kevin Gregg’s streak of 13 straight scoreless innings came to an end. … Yankees 1B Travis Lee had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. Signed as a free agent in March, he hit .105 with two RBIs. He was put on the15-day disabled list in spring training with an inflamed shoulder.

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