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Yankees mount comeback vs. Angels, capped by Posada's walk-off hit

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NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada hit a two-run single in the ninth inning off Brian Fuentes, and the New York Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

New York led by four runs in the sixth inning, fell behind 9-4, then closed in the eighth against Jose Arredondo on Melky Cabrera's RBI single, Ramiro Pena's two-run single and Derek Jeter's RBI grounder.

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Then in the ninth, Fuentes (0-2) walked slumping Mark Teixeira leading off, and Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano singled to load the bases.

Posada, who homered in the four-run first, singled to left-center, sending the Yankees running onto the field to celebrate their sixth win in seven games at Yankee Stadium since losing the opener.

Jonathan Albaladejo (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Gary Matthews Jr. hit a three-run triple and drove in four runs for the Angels.

Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher bruised his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left after two. X-rays were negative, and the team said Swisher was day to day. The Angels' Bobby Abreu left after 6½ innings because of a tight lower back.

Jered Weaver allowed four runs and four hits in six innings, and Andy Pettitte gave up five runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings,

Posada's home run was the 29th homer at the new Yankee Stadium, tying Kansas City's Municipal Stadium (1955), Houston's Enron Field (2000) and Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park (2003) for most homers in the first eight games at a major league ballpark, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the 20th homer to right field, where some believe a jet stream is carrying the ball.

Just 15 of 50 cushioned first-row seats between the dugouts costing $2,500 as part of season tickets and $2,625 individually were occupied when Chone Figgins bunted Pettitte's first pitch. When rain started falling in the bottom of the fourth, more than half of the Legends Suites seats in the first nine rows, which start at $500, were empty. And when the rain got heavier in the top of the fourth, the first nine row mostly emptied out as spectators went to the exclusive duplex restaurant behind home plate or lounges near first and third base. An usher told two fans who had been in the third row to vacate first-row seats they tried to move to next to the Yankees dugout.

The booing crowd, angry as the Yankees fizzled, was announced at 44,058. But, as on many days this season, the actual attendance appeared smaller.

Trailing by four runs, the Angels rallied on Jeff Mathis' two-out, two-run single off Pettitte and a three-run triple to right-center by Matthews on the first pitch from Mark Melancon.

Matthews, who had three hits, then scored for a 6-4 lead when the rookie reliever bounced a wild pitch.

Pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis hit an RBI single on the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Jose Veras in the seventh, Mathis drove in a run with a squeeze bunt and Matthews made it 9-4 with a sacrifice fly off Edwar Ramirez.

Los Angeles' Mike Napoli made his first major league start at designated hitter and went 2 for 3 with two walks and a steal.

Notes: Pettitte picked off Torii Hunter at first base to end the first inning. It was Pettitte's 95th, breaking a tie with Kenny Rogers for most pickoffs since it became a statistic in 1974. ... Yankees RHP Brian Bruney threw 20 times from 60 feet and 15 times from 75 feet, his first session since going on the DL on April 25 with a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow. ... Angels RHP Ervin Santana (sprained elbow) will now pitch Monday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga and RHP John Lackey (strained forearm) will pitch Tuesday at Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Angels 2B Howard Kendrick tried to turn a double play to end the first inning after a flip from SS Erick Aybar, even though Kendrick got the third out when he stepped on second for the force. ... Cano extended his hitting streak to 18 games, matching his career best. ... Teixeira went 0-for-4 and is in a 2-for-24 slide.

 
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Mark Teixeira is pumped as the Yankees dramatically beat the Angels in the ninth inning.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira is pumped as the Yankees dramatically beat the Angels in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Posada
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Anaheim

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B3100201 .235
Gary Matthews Jr., RF4134000 .306
Bobby Abreu, LF3010203 .356
    Juan Rivera, LF0000000 .297
Torii Hunter, CF4110104 .321
Mike Napoli, DH3220200 .306
Howie Kendrick, 2B5110002 .256
Robb Quinlan, 1B3000014 .125
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH1111000 .288
    Kendry Morales, 1B1000000 .269
Jeff Mathis, C4113011 .267
Erick Aybar, SS5130000 .276
Totals36913872  
a-singled for Quinlan in the 7th
Batting
3B - Gary Matthews Jr. (1, Melancon)
SF - Gary Matthews Jr. (2)
SH - Jeff Mathis (2)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 4 (9), Maicer Izturis (8), Jeff Mathis 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (6), Jeff Mathis 2 (2)
SB - Bobby Abreu 2 (11, 3rd base off Pettitte/Posada, 2nd base off Melancon/Posada), Mike Napoli (1, 2nd base off Pettitte/Posada)
PK - Torii Hunter (1, Pettitte)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver 6444321 3.13
Rafael Rodriguez 1.1222100 4.91
Jose Arredondo 0.2322010 6.75
Brian Fuentes (BS,2; L,0-2)0322100 7.88
HBP - Swisher (by Jered Weaver)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 102-63, Rafael Rodriguez 24-12, Jose Arredondo 16-10, Brian Fuentes 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 8-8, Rafael Rodriguez 3-1, Jose Arredondo 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 26, Rafael Rodriguez 7, Jose Arredondo 5, Brian Fuentes 4
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4101102 .276
Johnny Damon, LF4110113 .293
Mark Teixeira, 1B4100113 .189
Hideki Matsui, DH4011001 .290
    Angel Berroa, PR-DH0100000 .250
Robinson Cano, 2B5231000 .378
Jorge Posada, C4224100 .288
Nick Swisher, RF0000000 .312
    Brett Gardner, CF2110110 .230
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF4111002 .321
Ramiro Pena, 3B4032000 .333
Totals3510121053  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (6, R. Rodriguez)
HR - Jorge Posada (4, Jer. Weaver)
SF - Hideki Matsui (1)
RBI - Derek Jeter (13), Hideki Matsui (10), Robinson Cano (17), Jorge Posada 4 (18), Melky Cabrera (10), Ramiro Pena 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (7), Jorge Posada 2 (9)
SB - Ramiro Pena (1, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte 5.2955420 3.82
Mark Melancon (BS,1) 0.1111100 2.70
Jose Veras 0.1233100 7.94
Edwar Ramirez 1.2100100 5.40
Jonathan Albaladejo (W,2-1) 1000000 7.50
WP - Mark Melancon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 106-60, Mark Melancon 11-6, Jose Veras 24-14, Edwar Ramirez 14-10, Jonathan Albaladejo 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 8-5, Jose Veras 1-0, Edwar Ramirez 1-4, Jonathan Albaladejo 2-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 28, Mark Melancon 3, Jose Veras 4, Edwar Ramirez 7, Jonathan Albaladejo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44058
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Doug Eddings