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Yankees complete rare sweep of Angels

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. Nick Johnson's RBI single with two outs drove in the go-ahead run Thursday night as the Yankees beat Anaheim 2-1 in 10 innings to complete their first three-game sweep of the Angels in eight years.

Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui drew one-out walks off Troy Percival (0-3) before Jorge Posada hit a fly to left. Johnson then lined a 2-1 fastball to left-center to drive in Williams. Armando Benitez (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory. Mariano Rivera blanked the Angels in the 10th for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Texas took a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but Trot Nixon led off with his 20th homer against closer Francisco Cordero.

Erasmo Ramirez (2-0) pitched the 11th for the victory.

Minnesota trailed 9-8 with runners at first and second and two out in the ninth when Michael Restovich struck out. But catcher Brook Fordyce couldn't handle the pitch, which rolled to the backstop.

Restovich hesitated before running to first base, and Fordyce had time to throw him out, but the throw bounced in front of first baseman Jeff Conine, who couldn't handle it. Restovich reached base and Doug Mientkiewicz, who began the play at second, raced in with the tying run.

Miguel Tejada had a two-run single and Eric Chavez homered for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 11 games.

Chad Bradford lost the shutout on Milton Bradley's RBI double in the eighth, but Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Seattle pitched its major league-leading 13th shutout of the season, The Tigers were blanked for the 12th time, also the most in the majors.

Rolls went 3-for-4 for the Devil Rays, who went 14-12 in July for their first winning month since June 2000 (15-11).

Jorge Sosa (4-8) gave up two runs, three hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings. Loser Mark Hendrickson (6-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

After his double off Graeme Lloyd, Alomar scored on a single by his brother, Roberto Alomar.

Tom Gordon failed to hold a 5-4 lead in the ninth, allowing a tying infield single to Michael Tucker.

Scott Schoeneweis (2-1), acquired from Anaheim on Tuesday, pitched the 10th and 11th innings for Chicago, which has won four straight and 12 of 13.

Kansas City has lost seven of 10. The Royals led the AL Central by seven games at the All-Star break but have gone 6-8 since. Nate Field (1-1) was the loser.



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