ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jeff Mathis hit a two-out double in the 11th inning to drive home the winning run and the Los Angeles Angels survived a second straight thriller, beating the Yankees 5-4 Monday and trimming New York's lead in the AL championship series to 2-1.
In a game full of missed chances for both sides, the Angels eventually rallied to hand the Yankees their first loss of this postseason.
Howie Kendrick homered, tripled and then singled with two outs in the 11th. Mathis followed with his drive up against the left-field wall, and Kendrick slid home well ahead of a desperate throw.
Mathis, the Angels' backup catcher, came up with his third late-inning, extra-base hit of this crazy series.
Vladimir Guerrero also homered as the Angels overcame a midgame 3-0 deficit and four solo homers by the Yankees' stars, including Jorge Posada's tying shot in the eighth.
Game 4 is tonight, with CC Sabathia pitching on three days' rest against Angels newcomer Scott Kazmir. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday.
For the second straight game, the Angels and Yankees played into tense extra innings, stretching nerves and bullpens still frayed from Saturday's 13-inning, 310-minute Yankees' victory in New York.
Los Angeles wasted a golden opportunity in the 10th after putting runners at the corners with nobody out against Mariano Rivera, but the ace closer came through yet again, getting Torii Hunter and Guerrero with the bases loaded.