Cory Wade recorded a huge out to end the seventh inning and worked a perfect eighth to protect a one-run lead.

Now, manager Joe Girardi summoned Rafael Soriano from the bullpen for the final three outs and get the Yankees out of southern California without being swept by the Angels.

A one-out walk to Alberto Callaspo was followed by an Albert Pujols infield single that Derek Jeter smothered toward second base.

Here was a moment the Yankees always relied on Mariano Rivera to get out of, but Rivera wasn't inside Angel Stadium.

"I like it,'' Soriano said of the pressure.