Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Yankees won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
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Game 3: Thursday, April 24
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Yankees 2

(18-4, 11-2 away)

Angels 6

(10-12, 7-5 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 24, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (3-2)

    L: A. Pettitte (3-1)

    Anaheim stops 16-0 record of N.Y. starting pitchers

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels had been waiting for a start like this.

     Ramon Ortiz

    Ramon Ortiz gave the struggling rotation a big lift, pitching 5 1-3 solid innings Thursday night as Anaheim beat the New York Yankees 6-2 to avoid a sweep in the rematch of last year's playoff series.

    "We're very happy with Ramon's performance, going five good innings against those guys," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's what we need from our starters."

    Ortiz (3-2) allowed two runs on eight hits, including Bernie Williams' leadoff homer in the sixth.

    "They have a lot of good hitters, but I was making my pitches," said Ortiz, who struck out five and walked one.

    Bengie Molina hit a three-run homer in the second inning after Tim Salmon had a solo shot in the first as the Angels beat Andy Pettitte and ended a 16-0 run by New York starting pitchers to begin the season.

    "We definitely realized we had a good thing going," said Pettitte, who gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings. "You don't want to be the one to stop it."

    The loss ended the Yankees' seven-game winning streak and was just their fourth defeat in 22 games this season.

    "It would be nice to win 150-155 games, but it's not going to happen," manager Joe Torre said. "This was a game we weren't supposed to win, because we didn't pitch well enough to win. You have to understand that that's going to happen."

    Pettitte (3-1) walked three and struck out three.

    "I just felt out of synch the whole night. From the get-go, they were getting fly balls, so I kind of knew my stuff wasn't moving the way it's supposed to," he said.

    New York pitchers have allowed only seven homers this season.

    Trailing by four, the Yankees loaded the bases against Ortiz with one out in the sixth. Brendan Donnelly relieved and struck out Todd Zeile and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi.

    Giambi was scratched from the starting lineup because of a bruised middle finger on his left hand, hurt when he was hit by a pitch the previous night.

    "Facing Giambi was obviously a huge challenge for Brendan," Scioscia said. "To strike him out there was huge."

    The Angels eliminated the Yankees in four games in their best-of-five series in the first round of the playoffs last October, ending their run of four straight AL pennants.

    In the first two meetings this year, the Yankees beat the Angels 8-3 and 9-2.

    In the series finale, Salmon drove a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left-center with two outs in the first inning, his sixth home run. Molina also homered to left-center on a 1-0 pitch for his first of the year, giving the Angels a 4-0 lead.

    Pettitte had a scare in the third inning when Shawn Wooten hit a liner directly at the pitcher's face. Pettitte was able to jerk his glove up just in time and the ball smacked into it and stayed there as the pitcher tumbled backward.

    The Yankees' three earlier defeats this year were all by one run.

    Game notes
    Giambi was hurt in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's victory when Scott Schoeneweis hit him with a pitch. It was the fourth time this season that Giambi was hit, after getting plunked a career-high 15 times last year. ... New York 2B Alfonso Soriano singled in the fifth inning to run his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. ... Salmon has a 13-game hitting streak. ... Angels GM Bill Stoneman and other team officials briefed the players and staff on the procedures they will follow next week in Toronto, where the sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has claimed 16 lives. "It's obviously going to heighten your level of concern," Scioscia said. "But I don't think major league baseball is going to put anyone at risk. If they're going to play games in Toronto right now, they're going to be very sure that there's not going to be a risk." ... Anaheim CF Darin Erstad missed his fourth straight game with soreness in his hamstring, but is expected back in the lineup in a day or two.

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