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YANKEES 6, ANGELS 2

Mussina masters Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Mussina pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees got home runs from Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter in a 6-2 victory over the Angels last night.

Mussina (5-4) won his fourth consecutive start, holding the AL West-leading Angels to one run and seven hits through 7 2/3 innings. He kept them off balance with a nasty breaking ball.

The righthander struck out six and walked none. He's walked only three batters during his winning streak, spanning 28 2/3 innings.

Paul Quantrill got Chone Figgins on a fly to center with two on to end the eighth, then allowed an RBI single to Casey Kotchman in the ninth before finishing it.

Matsui hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Bartolo Colon (4-3). Jeter had a solo shot in the third to help the Yankees move a half-game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.

New York took two of three from the Angels, marking the Yankees' seventh consecutive series win since being swept by Boston in a three-game set April 23-25 at Yankee Stadium. They also took two of three against Anaheim last week in the Bronx.

The Yankees rocked Colon for six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

It was the second rough outing in a row for Colon, who gave up five runs in five innings in the Angels' 10-9, 10-inning win at Baltimore last Friday.

Matsui drove a fastball over the wall in center for his sixth homer. The pitch, low in the zone but in the middle of the plate, came on a 1-and-1 count.

Jeter, who came into the game batting .187, hit a shot over the fence in left for his third homer.

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