This time, Rivera did what he usually does, retiring every batter he faced, including reigning MVP Vladimir Guerrero on a weak grounder to second, to preserve a 3-2 Yankees victory and force a fifth and deciding game tonight at Angel Stadium. “I trust him so much, because I know one thing above everything else,” said Torre, who added he would not hesitate to use Rivera tonight. “Whether it works or not, you know he’s going out there with the biggest heart in the world. He certainly doesn’t shy away from the pressure.” NEW YORK – Joe Torre didn’t have the luxury of tomorrow. He was six outs from sending the American League Division Series back to Anaheim. Or he was going home. It didn’t matter that using Mariano Rivera for the final two innings in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series cost the New York Yankees a title. To 56,226 screaming fans at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, Torre simply was putting the game in God’s hands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Pressure was the top to bottom pitching Torre received from Rivera, starter Shawn Chacon and reliever Al Leiter, who faced just one batter, got an inning-ending double play and received credit for the victory. All this while trailing the series two games to one and overcoming a 2-0 deficit heading into the sixth inning. Pressure was Chacon, who spent most of his career pitching meaningless games in Coors Field before he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies at the end of July. Chacon was making his first post-season appearance and hadn’t started a game since July 28. To seemingly make matters worse, he had to wait a day when Game 4 was rained out Saturday afternoon. “I spoke to my mom on the phone and she said, ‘these things happen for a reason,’ ” Chacon said. “Guess she was right.” Chacon went 6 brilliant innings, retiring the first 10 batters he faced and keeping the Yankees close against an equally impressive John Lackey. Chacon allowed back-to-back RBI doubles by Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the sixth and was chased by a Bengie Molina in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to put the Yankees away. “What we got from our pitchers tonight was what we got the last four months of the season,” Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. “You know you are in every game when things go like that. Even the biggest game of the year.” Although both Angels runs were driven home by the top of the order, Yankees pitching kept the heart of the lineup from unloading. Guerrero managed just an infield single that broke up Chacon’s no-hitter in the fourth. Garret Anderson, who hit a huge home run in Game 3 Friday night, went 0 for 3. Of the Angels Big Three, only Molina reached the outfield, Leiter, who entered the game with a 9.00 earned-run average, came in to face the left-handed Darin Erstad, who grounded to Derek Jeter to start a 6-4-3 double play. Rivera saved the Yankees’ Game 1 victory for Mike Mussina, who will start tonight against right-hander Bartolo Colon. He rolled through the Angels eighth, but was faced with the top of the order in the ninth. Against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 Series, he took a one-run lead into the final inning but couldn’t hold it. “The hardest part is that time in between the next inning,” said Chacon, who closed for the Rockies last season. “But he does it like he’s not even breaking a sweat. That is why he is the best.” In the ninth, Figgins took a called third strike and Cabrera tapped back to the mound. Guerrero took a big cut for strike one and two pitches later it was over. Tomorrow became tonight in Anaheim. “That is going to be the big one,” Rivera said of Game 5. “So if I have to go two, I’ll go two.” Matt McHale, (818) 713-3622 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!