Haren outduels Sabathia in Angels' win over Yanks
Saturday, September 10, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Dan Haren pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and retired 18 straight batters as the Los Angeles Angels climbed within 112 games of the AL West lead with a 6-0 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
Haren (15-8) went the distance for the 15th time in 253 career starts, striking out seven and walking none for the 13th time this season. He threw 113 pitches.
The three-time All-Star right-hander held the AL East leaders to a pair of eighth-inning singles after giving up a ground-rule double to Derek Jeter on his second pitch of the game and a single by rookie Jesus Montero leading off the second.
Jeff Mathis and Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, who have won six of seven and are as close to first place as they've been since Aug. 10. They were a season-worst seven games out on Aug. 17.