AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Angels hammered Yankees starter Randy Johnson and five relievers for 19 hits, including four by Garret Anderson, who broke out of a slump in a big way. Anderson set the tone early with a three-run homer off Johnson in the first inning and finished with five RBI. Chone Figgins had two hits and a spectacular catch in center field, Erstad had three hits and Adam Kennedy and Vladimir Guerrero had two hits apiece. Bengie Molina had two hits, including a two-run homer off Johnson, but suffered a contusion on his left elbow when hit by a pitch from Tom Gordon in the seventh inning. Molina had to leave the game and had X-rays, which were negative. He’ll be re-evaluated today to determine his status for the rest of the series. There were so many big moments and key plays that a survey of players brought a variety of answers. “All of them, every hit was important tonight, every play on the field,” Molina said. “Figgins’ catch has got to be talked about. That stopped their rally.” The Yankees had cut the Angels’ lead to 5-4 with four runs in the fourth inning and knocked starting pitcher Paul Byrd out of the game. With runners on first and third and two out, Gary Sheffield hit a line drive to shallow center, where Figgins made the make-or-break play with a head-first dive and catch. If Figgins fails to make the catch and the ball gets past him, two runs score and Sheffield probably ends up on third. “That was basically the chance I had to take to kill that rally,” Figgins said. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thought Figgins’ two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth was just as big. The Angels had already scored one run in the inning to tie the game at 6, and his single to center gave the Angels a 7-6 lead. They held the lead the rest of the way. “Taking the lead in the sixth was huge,” Scioscia said. “It gets us where we want to be with the bullpen, where we can use (Scot) Shields, Escy (Kelvim Escobar) and Frankie (Rodriguez) to close it out.” The Angels scored three in the first on Anderson’s home run and two more in the third on Molina’s homer for a 5-0 lead and figured the rain was a bigger threat to the game than the Yankees. But the Yankees rallied for four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Undaunted, the Angels quickly regained the lead when they scored twice in the sixth on RBI singles by Erstad and Figgins. In the seventh they increased their lead to 9-6 on Anderson’s RBI single and a squeeze bunt by Steve Finley. Jose Molina and Anderson had RBI singles in the eighth, upping the Angels’ lead to 11-6. “Better late than never, I guess,” Erstad said of emergence of the Angels’ offense. “The pitching has done a good job all year and we’ve scored just enough runs. Tonight, they needed us.” That left the game in the capable hands of the bullpen, which got plenty of work after Byrd was pulled after 3 innings. Brendan Donnelly struggled, giving up two runs in one-third of an inning, but Shields, Escobar and Rodriguez combined to give up one run in the final five innings to finish it off. The Angels pounded Johnson for five runs and nine hits in three innings, all five runs coming in on the home runs by Anderson and Molina. “Randy just didn’t hit his spots,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “When you don’t hit your spots, I don’t care how hard you throw, you’re not going to have a good result. “Even though we didn’t start out very well, we still wound up with the lead, but we couldn’t do the job in the bullpen and that’s going to have to change.” Scioscia said he didn’t want his team to get into a slugfest with the Yankees, but it was able to win one anyway. “It still wasn’t the type of game we want to play,” Scioscia said. “But it’s what we had to do.” Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels teased the Yankees and their fans by blowing a 5-0 lead, but rallied in a big way to forge a 2-1 series lead with an 11-7 victory in front of 56,277. The Angels can win the best-of-five series with a victory today, weather permitting. Rain is forecast all day. “This is what it’s all about, this is the ultimate,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “A packed house … it’s the loudest I’ve ever heard a baseball stadium. That’s what you play for. The louder it is, the better. I love it.” NEW YORK – It was the kind of game one has come to expect at Yankee Stadium in October – dramatic moments, big plays and big hits, and all under a threatening sky that produced a steady but light rain all evening. For decades the Yankees seemed to win all of those games, but in recent years opposing teams have bucked the Yankee mystique and accomplished something that seems impossible – shut up 50,000 New Yorkers.