Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/27)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 26
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 27
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Game 3: Thursday, April 28
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Angels 5

(12-9, 4-4 away)

Yankees 1

(9-12, 6-7 home)

7:05 PM ET, April 27, 2005

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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W: J. Washburn (1-0)

L: M. Mussina (1-2)

Finley, Anderson help Washburn to first win of season

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Angels didn't give Alex Rodriguez many chances for RBI and flashed some power of their own.

Steve Finley and Garret Anderson homered off struggling Mike Mussina, and the Angels limited A-Rod to a solo home run Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

A night after Rodriguez had three homers off Bartolo Colon and 10 RBI in all, Jarrod Washburn (1-0) and his bullpen allowed A-Rod up to come up with just two runners on.

"When a guy's locked in like that, yeah, of course you're happy to see nobody on base when he comes up," Washburn said.

Rodriguez, who leads the AL with eight homers and 26 RBI, grounded out leading off the second, then homered in the fourth following Hideki Matsui's double-play grounder, his fifth homer in 30 career at-bats against Washburn.

Rodriguez hit a hard single off the glove of third baseman Dallas McPherson with a runner on second base in the sixth. Then with man on in the eighth, he struck out against Scot Shields and threw his bat.

Both teams wasted chances, with the Angels going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and the Yankees 1-for-9.

"We let some situations get away from us," New York manager Joe Torre said.

Getting a decision for the first time in five starts, Washburn allowed nine hits in 7 2-3 innings and prevented New York from stretching a winning streak to three for the first time this season. The Angels' infield helped him by turning three double plays, including one with the runner in motion, and McPherson made a diving stop on Derek Jeter's grounder, turning it into an inning-ending forceout in the seventh.

"Wash is at his best when he's changing speeds, hitting spots, taking a little bit off, putting a little on, moving the ball in and out, and he was able to do that tonight against a lineup that scored 12 runs last night," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Washburn also got some help in the first inning from Anderson. Jeter walked leading off, and Bernie Williams doubled down the left-field line. Anderson picked up the ball and threw to Jose Molina, who blocked the plate and made the tag.

"He took another step in proving he's the best left fielder in the game," Washburn said. "It's a good kind of momentum killer early in the game. This is a not a lineup you want to give any momentum to at all."

Jeter limped back to the dugout after Molina fell on the back of one of his legs, but said he was OK.

If third-base coach Luis Sojo had held Jeter, the Yankees would have had runners at second and third with no outs and Gary Sheffield, Matsui and Rodriguez coming up.

"I think he was a little overaggressive," Torre said of Sojo.

Mussina (1-2), whose ERA climbed to 4.97, allowed 10 hits in seven innings and is giving up hits at an alarming pace, 43 in 29 innings this year.

"That bothers me," he said. "But if you are not pitching well, and you're not as crisp as you want to be, you're going to give up hits."

Finley's homer, which made him 3-for-5 with two homers against Mussina in his career, followed Vladimir Guerrero's leadoff double and Anderson's RBI single.

"I haven't been making the pitches I've been able to in the past," Mussina said. "It'll come. It will get better."

Game notes


The game was delayed 17 minutes by rain at the start. ... New York turned two double plays. ... Angels INF Maicer Izturis was put on the 15-day DL with a sprained left knee, an injury sustained during batting practice Tuesday. INF David Matranga's contract from Triple-A Salt Lake and moved RHP Matt Hensley from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. ... Stolen bases by Chone Figgins, Finley and Molina gave the Angels the major league lead with 24. ... The Yankees recalled RHP Chien-Ming Wang from Triple-A Columbus and slotted him to start Saturday against Toronto in his major league debut. RHP Colter Bean was optioned to Columbus.

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