Anderson's huge game helps drop Yanks 6 games behind BoSox

" Turning point: Los Angeles knocked around New York starter Mike Mussina right out of the gates. Mussina gave up seven hits and seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

" Hero: Anderson's 10 RBIs were one more than Vladimir Guerrero had for the Angels against Boston in a 2004 game.

" Figure this: Anderson fell one RBI shy of tying the AL record for RBIs in a game held by Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees (1936), and two from tying the major league record shared by the Cardinals' Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993).

" On the flip side: Alex Rodriguez hit a pair of solo shots, knocking his 42nd homer of the year in the ninth with the game result all but decided.

" Quotable: "It's something a lot of guys wish would happen in a week -- and he had it in one night." -- Yankees catcher Jose Molina

" Audio: Anderson told ESPN Radio that he didn't know he had 10 RBIs until one of his coaches told him during the game. Listen

-- ESPN.com news services

Angels 18, Yankees 9

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garret Anderson got the first curtain call he can remember, going to the top step of the Angels' dugout and doffing his helmet to a roaring crowd.

After setting a club record with 10 RBIs, he certainly deserved it.

Anderson's grand slam in the sixth inning gave him 10 RBIs and kept 44,264 fans on their feet until one of the most reserved players on the team grinned shyly and took his bow.

The 34-year-old Anderson earlier hit a three-run shot, drove in two runs with a double, and doubled home another run in Los Angeles' 18-9 rout of the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

"It's nice when the fans appreciate you," Anderson said. "I think it's the first one I've had, and it was kind of a shock."

Although he became only the 12th player in major league history to reach double-digit RBIs in a game, he was surprised when the fans stood and cheered until he stepped out of the dugout.

Asked if there might be more curtain calls to come, Anderson smiled and said, "It took me 13 years to get that one. I don't see myself playing for 26 years."

Anderson became the first player with 10 RBIs in a game since Yankees star Alex Rodriguez also had 10 against the Angels on April 26, 2005.

Rodriguez hit a pair of solo shots Tuesday, with his 42nd homer of the season coming in the ninth inning off Marc Gwyn.

The major league record of 12 RBIs is shared by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993). The AL record of 11 was set by Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees on May 24, 1936.

Anderson had a chance to break the major league mark when he came up in the eighth inning with runners at the corners and two outs, but he grounded out to shortstop.

The home runs were his seventh and eighth of the season.

"It was an incredible night for Garret," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.

The first-place Angels, who improved to 6-2 against New York this season, roughed up Mike Mussina (8-9) and stayed two games ahead of Seattle in the AL West.

The Yankees were rolling along for more than a month and closing fast in the playoff chase before visiting the Angels, a longtime nemesis. New York, which has lost the first two in a three-game series, fell six games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and 2 1/2 back of Seattle in the wild-card race.

Kelvim Escobar (14-6) earned the win for the Angels, the only AL team with a winning record against the Yankees in the regular season (61-54) since Joe Torre became New York's manager in 1996.

Scioscia has a 38-22 record against the Yankees as manager. The Angels eliminated New York in the first round of the playoffs in 2002 and 2005.

Anderson's eighth career slam came against Sean Henn in the sixth inning for an 18-5 lead. The runs were the most the Angels had ever scored against the Yankees.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 18 runs also were the most the Yankees had allowed since a 19-6 loss to Tampa Bay on July 29 last year, and the most scored by the Angels since a 21-6 victory over Kansas City on Aug. 25, 2004.

Anderson did all his damage in the first six innings and finished 4-for-6. He hit a three-run shot in the third off Edwar Ramirez.

The Angels' career RBI leader had a two-run double off Mussina in the first inning, and drove in another run with a double against Mussina in the second.

"It was just bad from the start, and I don't know why because I felt good warming up," said Mussina, who gave up seven runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings for his shortest outing of the season. "That goes in the top five worst games of my career right there. It was just awful. If I could explain it, I would know how to fix it. And right now I don't."

Anderson's 10 RBIs were one more than Vladimir Guerrero had for the Angels against Boston in a 2004 game. Anderson's eight career slams also are an Angels record.

"It's something a lot of guys wish would happen in a week -- and he had it in one night," said Yankees catcher Jose Molina, a former teammate of Anderson's with the Angels.

"To me, he's one of the best players I've ever seen with the bat, and nobody notices him when he's in the field," Molina added. "Everybody always wants to talk bad about him in the field, and only wants to talk good about him when he does special things like this.

"And that's a shame."

Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Gwyn, who pitched three innings for his first career save but was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game.

Game notes
The Angels recalled INF Brandon Wood from the minors. ... Los Angeles 3B Chone Figgins sprained his left wrist checking his swing on ball four from Ron Villone with the bases loaded in the third inning. Robb Quinlan replaced Figgins to begin the fourth inning. Figgins will have his wrist re-examined on Wednesday and is day-to-day. ... The Yankees are 4-11 in their last 15 games at Anaheim, including the 2005 playoffs.