CC Sabathia came within one out of a complete game, and Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning, guiding the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Angels Saturday night in Anaheim. Sabathia allowed two runs on eight hits in 8 2/3 innings, but was pulled with the tying run on base and two outs in the ninth. Mariano Rivera induced a pop out to get the 574th save of his career.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, and that was all the scoring until the sixth, when Rodriguez took Ervin Santana deep for a two-run lead. Santana pitched seven innings, but was hung with the loss to fall to 3-5 on the season. The Angels pushed across a run in the ninth with singles by Peter Bourjos and Maicer Izturis.
Sabathia has pitched at least eight innings in four straight starts. Bobby Abreu went 3-for-3 on the night for the Angels, with a walk and a stolen base, his ninth of the season. Joel Pineiro starts the rubber game of the series tomorrow for the Angels, against former Angels Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon.
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