Halos' hurlers run gamut in gutsy Game 3
Pitchers keep Yanks close for offense's late surge
ANAHEIM -- First came the big bashes, then came the big outs.It was a yin-and-yang kind of Monday for the Angels' pitching staff in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees.
If "yin" was Jered Weaver serving up a season-high three home runs and Kevin Jepsen blowing a one-run lead in the eighth, "yang" was Jepsen recovering from the solo shot he allowed and the rest of the bullpen shutting down the vaunted Yankees lineup. The former wasn't pretty, but the latter allowed the Halos to hang on late and get a pivotal 5-4 win to avoid a 3-0 deficit in the best-of-seven set. "We gave up a run late," said closer Brian Fuentes, who worked a scoreless ninth, "but we persevered and battled it out." Weaver had to battle his way through a disappointing five innings of work in which he gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He was licked by the long ball, as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon all took him deep. Jeter's blast came on the third pitch of the game. "Coming out of the game, I wasn't very happy with how it went," Weaver said. "Anytime you give up three home runs in a game, you're not going to be happy. Luckily, they were solo shots. But it was a grind today. I didn't have any fastball command. And when you fall behind hitters in their lineup, they're going to put some wood on it." Darren Oliver relieved Weaver and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jepsen got the last out of the seventh to preserve a 3-3 tie. The Angels got a run in the bottom of the seventh to put Jepsen in line for the win. Jepsen, though, had a rough time in the eighth. He walked the leadoff man, Hideki Matsui, but was helped out when catcher Jeff Mathis threw out pinch-runner Brett Gardner on a stolen-base attempt. Rather than build off the momentum of that caught stealing, Jepsen gave up a game-tying shot to Jorge Posada. With that, the Angels tied a club record with four homers allowed -- a record set in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series against the Giants. When Jepsen followed up Posada's homer by giving up a single to Robinson Cano and a walk to Nick Swisher, he was in real danger of letting momentum turn permanently in the Yanks' direction.
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|ALDS, Gm 2 vs. BOS||1.2||2||0/0||1||0||0.00|
|ALDS, Gm 3 vs. BOS||3||2||1/1||1||2||3.00|
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|ALCS, Gm 3 vs. NYY||6||3||1/1||4||9||1.50|
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.