September 23, 2009

MLB: New York Yankees 6, LA Angels 5

Alex Rodriguez drove in the winning run in the ninth inning Tuesday and the New York Yankees held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5.

The Yankees had already clinched a playoff berth when the Oakland A's beat the Texas Rangers earlier in the evening.

Rodriguez broke a 5-5 tie with a sacrifice fly in the ninth -- one inning after the Angels scored the tying run to complete a comeback from a 5-0 deficit. Rodriguez also belted a two-run homer in the game between potential playoff rivals.

Despite the loss, the Angels reduced their magic number for clinching the AL West title to five.

Jorge Posada added a two-run home and Hideki Matsui had a solo shot for the Yankees, who made the playoffs for the 14th time in the past 15 seasons.

Phil Hughes (8-3) got the win in relief and Mariano Rivera picked up his 41st save by closing out Los Angeles in the ninth.

Kendry Morales had four hits for Los Angeles and Chone Figgins had three, including a solo home run.

Matt Palmer (10-2) took the loss, giving up one run in two innings of relief.