Yankees Take Command 3-1 in ALCS

October 21, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015
Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a double to left field during the ninth inning in Game Four of the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 20, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a double to left field during the ninth inning in Game Four of the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 20, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)

The Yankees won Game 4 of the American League Championship Series going away Tuesday night. The final score was 10-1.

They broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, and stretched the lead to 5-0 on a two-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the fifth. The third baseman was the star of the game with three hits, three runs scored, and a walk for good measure.

The Angels answered with a home run by first baseman Kendry Morales in the bottom of the fifth, but wasted some other scoring chances.

Johnny Damon's two-run homer broke it open in the eighth, and the visitors piled on with three more runs in the ninth.

The whole lineup got into the act for the Yankees, who piled up 13 hits and seven walks against five ineffective Angels hurlers. Only DH Hideki Matsui, who has had a great series so far, failed to reach base among the starting lineup. Derek Jeter's being caught stealing and also being picked off were mere footnotes in the impressive offensive display of the team as a whole.

CC Sabathia got the win in eight strong innings, with Chad Gaudin pitching a one-two-three ninth.

The two teams have Wednesday off, with Game 5 scheduled for 7:57 p.m. EDT Thursday. A. J. Burnett will pitch for the Yankees. John Lackey will go for the Angels.