ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The L.A. Angels, in a must-win situation, rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the New York Yankees 7-6 and extend the American League Championship Series. The Yanks own a 3-2 series lead.
The Yanks erupted with six runs after two were out in the seventh inning to erase an early 4-0 lead. But the Angels rallied with three of their own in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.
The Angels' Bobby Abreu drove in the Angels first run in the seventh on a groundout. Vladimir Guerrero tied it with a run-scoring single. Then Kendry Morales put the Angels ahead for L.A.'s third run of the inning.
Angels starter John Lackey cruised through the first six innings, shutting out the Yankees while striking out seven. The Angels were leading the Yanks 4-0 after scoring four runs in the first inning.
The Angels got on the board early as their first five batters reached base against Yankee starter A.J. Burnett. By the time Burnett recorded three outs, the Angels had a 4-0 lead.
Brian Fuentes worked a scoreless ninth inning after getting out of a bases-loaded jam by retiring Nick Swisher on a pop-out to shortstop on a 3-2 count.
The ALCS takes a travel day Friday before the Series resumes with Game 6 in New York on Saturday night.
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