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 8      5   Final
10/01/2002 11:58 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Angels 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 5 12 0
 Yankees 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 X 8 8 1
Yanks win game with longball
Williams' homer breaks game open for Yankees
By Mark Feinsand /

Derek Jeter hits a solo home run off Jarrod Washburn in the bottom of the first inning.  (David Bergman/
NEW YORK -- Just when it looked bleakest for the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers produced another October miracle at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Bernie Williams' three-run home run capped a four-run eighth inning, as New York downed the Anaheim Angels 8-5 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

The victory gives New York a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Yankees bashed four home runs in the contest, continuing their season-long trend of longball magic. Williams combined with Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi to go 7-for-10 with two walks, three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Yankees to victory. The only other Yankee with a hit was Rondell White, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

"It was a great feeling," Williams said of the game-winning homer. "Everything happened so quick at that moment. I don't think I remember running the bases. I remember shaking Derek's and Giambi's hand. Then after that, the curtain call."

Back to This was the ninth game this season in which the Yankees hit at least four homers, going 9-0 in those contests. New York is now 43-5 in postseason games since 1996 when they have hit a home run.

Jeter continued his trend of coming up big in the postseason, belting a solo home run off Angels starter Jarrod Washburn with one out in the first inning to give New York a 1-0 lead. It was the 10th playoff homer of Jeter's career, his third in 26 Division Series games.

"I've been swinging the bat pretty good for the last week or so, getting in a groove," Jeter said. "This is what you play for. The atmosphere is different. I can't explain it, it's just the postseason."

Bengie Molina's ground-rule double gave the Angels second-and-third with two outs in the second, but Roger Clemens got Adam Kennedy to bounce back to the mound for the final out to escape the jam. The Rocket wouldn't be so lucky in the third.

Darin Erstad singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on Jorge Posada's wild throw to second. Tim Salmon followed with a single past Jeter at shortstop, scoring Erstad to tie the game.

    Jason Giambi   /   1B
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 235
Bats/Throws: L/R

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Giambi, playing his first playoff game in pinstripes, gave the home crowd of 56,710 something to cheer about in the fourth, blasting a 1-1 pitch from Washburn over the wall in right-center field, putting the Yankees up 3-1. It was Giambi's second career ALDS homer, both coming in the Bronx.

"He's been locked in as of late," Jeter said. "You can throw all the stats from the regular season out the window, you just want to be hot and in a groove when the postseason comes, and he's been swinging the bat well lately."

Clemens found himself in another jam in the fifth, walking two batters and giving up a single to load the bases with two outs. Clemens got two strikes on Garret Anderson, but the Angels' clean-up hitter poked a double to the opposite field, scoring two runs to tie the game 3-3.

    Rondell White   /   LF
Rondell White
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: R/R

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White gave the Yankees their third lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth, drilling a 1-1 Washburn pitch to right-center for his first career postseason home run. The solo shot put New York up 4-3, but Troy Glaus answered right back for Anaheim in the sixth, lining a solo shot of his own off Clemens to tie the game for the third time in four innings.

"I had good stuff, but as advertised, they are very stingy when they have two strikes," Clemens said. "The home run I gave up was a mistake, I was trying to elevate, you want to keep it up on Glaus, you don't want to go down because that's his happy zone. I did, and he hit it."

Clemens left the game with two outs in the sixth, giving way to Ramiro Mendoza. Clemens gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out five over 5 2/3 innings.

   Roger Clemens   /   P
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 238
Bats/Throws: R/R

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"We had several leads and we just could not make it stand up," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "They just keep coming at you, they don't strike out. Their hitters can obviously hit the ball out of the ballpark and they can mess up good pitches. Roger made some good pitches tonight, he just got himself in trouble with three walks."

Glaus led off the eighth inning with his second solo shot of the game, putting Anaheim up 5-4 for its first lead of the night. With the two homers, Glaus became the first Angels player in club history to homer twice in a postseason contest.

Washburn survived his early struggles to give the Angels seven solid innings. He held the Yankees to six hits, but three of them left the yard. The left-hander was charged with four runs, walking two and striking out two.

New York threatened in the eighth, as Ben Weber walked Soriano and Jeter with two outs, Soriano's walk coming after he had fallen behind 0-2. Anaheim turned to southpaw Scott Schoeneweis to face Giambi, but Giambi hit a hard infield single off the glove of first baseman Scott Spiezio, scoring Soriano from second to tie the game.

  Alfonso Soriano   /   2B
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

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"I think what probably helped us is the fact that we'd been there before," Torre said. "The ironic part is that it started with a walk to Soriano, who's only had a handful all year. That was the weird part right there."

"That's the type of players this team has -- they don't ever give in, they don't panic," Giambi said. "We're one swing away, one at-bat away from getting that rally going and getting ourselves right back into this ballgame."

Anaheim brought in right-hander Brendan Donnelly to face Williams, who deposited his 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands. It was Williams' 17th postseason homer of his career, tying him with Cleveland's Jim Thome for third on the all-time list. The pair trails only Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson.

"I've just been very blessed to be in the situation in which I can hit home runs in the postseason because we get here so many times," Williams said. "I'm not going to downplay it, but I think for me it's not the time to think about what I've done. I think I just have to keep focusing on the things that are ahead of me."

The three-run shot put the Yankees up 8-5, and it was time for Mariano Rivera.

    Mariano Rivera   /   P
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Rivera, pitching his first playoff game since his Game 7 loss in last year's World Series, gave up a one-out hit to Erstad, but retired the last two hitters to earn the save.

"I feel good. It was great to be back out there," Rivera said. "There's nothing better than a playoff game here at Yankee Stadium."

Steve Karsay (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the victory. Weber (0-1) took the loss.

"This is a different group, so you have to build up a history with this team," Jeter said. "This was a great way to start."

The best-of-five series continues on Wednesday, as Andy Pettitte (12-5, 3.40) takes on Kevin Appier (14-12, 3.92) in Game 2 at 8:17 p.m. ET.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for He can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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New York Yankees 8, Anaheim Angels 5
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2B: Molina, B (1, Clemens), Anderson (1, Clemens).
HR: Glaus 2 (2, 6th inning off Clemens, 0 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Mendoza, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Salmon (1), Anderson 2 (2), Glaus 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Anderson 2.
S: Erstad.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Anderson 2, Kennedy 2, Fullmer 2.
GIDP: Anderson, Fullmer.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Erstad (1, 2nd base off Clemens/Posada), Eckstein (1, 2nd base off Clemens/Posada).
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HR: Jeter (1, 1st inning off Washburn, 0 on, 1 out), Giambi (1, 4th inning off Washburn, 1 on, 0 out), White (1, 5th inning off Washburn, 0 on, 1 out), Williams (1, 8th inning off Donnelly, 2 on, 2 out).
RBI: Jeter (1), Giambi 3 (3), White (1), Williams 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Giambi, Williams 3.
GIDP: Williams, Soriano, Posada, Giambi.
SB: Soriano (1, 2nd base off Weber/Molina, B).
E: Posada (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Soriano-Jeter-Giambi, Jeter-Soriano-Giambi).
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Schoeneweis (BS, 1) 0.0111000--
Donnelly 0.111100127.00
Clemens 5.28443516.35
Mendoza 1.13110016.75
Karsay (W, 1-0) 1.00000100.00
Rivera, M (S, 1) 1.01000000.00
Mendoza pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Schoeneweis pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Washburn 81-45, Weber 23-12, Schoeneweis 5-3, Donnelly 7-5, Clemens 113-75, Mendoza 17-12, Karsay 15-11, Rivera, M 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Washburn 9-10, Weber 1-1, Schoeneweis 0-0, Donnelly 0-1, Clemens 8-4, Mendoza 2-2, Karsay 1-1, Rivera, M 1-2.
Batters faced: Washburn 25, Weber 4, Schoeneweis 1, Donnelly 2, Clemens 27, Mendoza 6, Karsay 3, Rivera, M 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Schoeneweis 2-1, Donnelly 2-2, Mendoza 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Jim Joyce. 3B: Mike Winters. LF: Tim McClelland. RF: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 3:27.
Att: 56,710.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner