The Yankees have silenced critics who say they cannot win against good teams, on the road, especially in Anaheim. They won two of three and evenly split the season series 5-5 against Los Angeles this year.
A.J. Burnett struck out 11 in just his second win since July, and New York won a series at Anaheim for the first time since May 2004 with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels yesterday.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run single and Melky Cabrera followed with an RBI double in the fourth inning for all of New York’s offense. Burnett, Kennedy and the rest of the bullpen kept the victory intact.
Mark Teixeira started New York’s rally with a one-out double, but Juan Rivera threw him out at the plate from left field on Shelley Duncan’s sharp single to right. Cano then drove home Hideki Matsui and Duncan, and Cabrera added another double.
The Yankees’ pitchers struck out 15 Angels batters, a season high.
Mariano Rivera gave up a leadoff single to Abreu but finished the ninth for his 42nd save in 44 chances, moving two behind the Angels’ Brian Fuentes for the major league lead.
Burnett didn’t make it out of the sixth inning, allowing seven hits and three walks, but his strikeout total was one shy of his season high.
The Yankees have the day off today and will open their final regular season series against the Red Sox Friday evening with Joba Chamberlain taking the mound against Jon Lester in a series that they must play well in. The Yankees don’t need to sweep the series, just play well. They are six games ahead of Boston, with the magic number to clinch the division at five.