Maybe it was the 19-degree drop in game-time temperature from Wednesday night or the fact that the storied New York Yankees were in town, but there was a distinct October feel to the proceedings in Angel Stadium Friday night.

Starting pitchers Jered Weaver of the Angels and Bartolo Colon of the Yankees were superb, both teams made highlight-reel defensive plays, and Mike Scioscia and Joe Girardi matched managerial wits before a passionate crowd of 41,014.

And Angels fans — yes, there were a few among the typical pro-New York crowds when the Yankees are in town — loved the ending, Maicer Izturis delivering a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Angels to a 2-1 walk-off victory.

"Tonight felt like a playoff game," said Angels closer Jordan Walden, who threw a scoreless ninth to gain the win but has never actually pitched in the postseason. "If I was to imagine what a playoff game would be like, this would be it. The fans were into it. It's a blast pitching in games like this."

The win improved the Angels to 22-10 in their last 31 home games against the Yankees and 57-49 overall against them since 2000. They are the only American League team with a winning record against the Yankees since then.

But it didn't move them any closer to the playoffs. Texas beat Oakland, 13-4, so the Angels remained 21/2games behind the Rangers with 18 to play.

"We just keep finding ways to win," Weaver said. "We're scrappy. We don't have as many home runs as those guys have. But we come up with the pitching and big hits, and we do the little things, the bunts and the hit and runs."