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Mussina sets tone in humbling loss

Out by second, veteran puts Yankees in insurmountable hole
08/22/2007 1:58 AM ET
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com

Hideki Matsui strikes out in the sixth inning.(AP)
ANAHEIM -- Mike Mussina led a parade of Yankees pitchers into the path of Garret Anderson's career night. Much, much later, the destruction ended with a deflating 18-9 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Anderson hit a grand slam and a three-run homer as part of a four-hit, 10-RBI night, serving as the most damaging offensive performer in an Angels offense that set a new club record for runs scored against the Yankees.

Mussina was battered for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest start since 1995, allowing him to watch most of the fireworks -- literally and figuratively -- from the clubhouse. Anderson's two-run double brought home the Angels' first runs, and Mussina faced eight batters in the second inning, allowing five runs and five hits in a fruitless appearance.

The Yankees briefly surged to make the game closer, putting up four runs in the third inning against Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar. But the Angels greeted Ron Villone rudely when he opened the fourth, as the left-hander did not retire a batter and had to be relieved after allowing a bases-loaded walk to Chone Figgins, accounting for one of four runs Villone was charged with.

Edwar Ramirez, twice released by the Angels organization in 2003 and 2005, made his first Anaheim appearance against his old club and surrendered a three-run homer to Anderson in a two-inning appearance, though one of the runs was charged to Villone. Sean Henn surrendered the grand slam to Anderson, drawing a curtain call for the Angels outfielder in the sixth.

Alex Rodriguez's 41st and 42nd home runs, solo shots off Escobar in the second inning and off Marc Gwyn in the ninth, were reduced to mere footnotes by the blowout final. Escobar went six innings for the victory, allowing five runs and striking out seven. Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer and Bobby Abreu drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have lost six of their eight games against the Angels this season.

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