The San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and the Anaheim Angels all won their first round Major League Baseball playoff games Wednesday.
The Angels hit two home runs in the eighth inning to rally past the host New York Yankees 8-6 to even the best-of-five-game American League division series at one game apiece. Relief pitcher Orlando Hernandez of Cuba, known to fans as "El Duque" threw four scoreless innings before giving up back-to-back homers. Game three is Friday in Anaheim.
In another AL division contest, the Athletics evened their series with Minnesota to one game apiece after trouncing the Twins 9-1 in Oakland. Game three is Friday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants held on to beat host Atlanta Braves 8-5 in game one of their best-of-five National League division series. San Francisco scored three runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. The Braves scored three runs in the eighth, but fell short of a winning rally. Game-two is tonight late Thursday in Atlanta.