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At least Joba wasn’t used.

The ugliness began with Mike Mussina and spread through the Yankees pitching staff in a debacle of a loss.

Angels leftfielder Garret Anderson feasted on Yankee pitching by putting up 10 RBIs in an 18-9 Angels win over the Yankees in front of 44,264 fans in Anaheim. The loss looked even more lopsided before the Yankees scored four runs in the top of the ninth.

“It was just, it was awful; that’s simply what it was,” Mussina said.

Mussina had his worst outing all season. In fact, he rated it among the worst games of his entire career. The right-hander gave up seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings, his shortest start since lasting 1 2/3 innings on Sept. 27, 2005 against the Orioles.

“It’s tough to take,” Mussina said. “That goes in the top five worst games of my career right there.”

The problems began with Mussina. But Ron Villone, Edwar Ramirez and Sean Henn all failed to stem the tide. Anderson had a phenomenal week’s worth of stats in a single night. He knocked in an Angels franchise record 10 runs, earning him a giddy curtain call from the Angel Stadium crowd. He belted a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and also hit two doubles.

All those gaudy statistics came at the Yankees’ expense. The loss dropped them six games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, the biggest gap since Aug. 9th, and 2 1/2 games behind the Mariners in the wild-card chase.

“I’d be very shoocked if these two games would leave us feeling we’re not a good club,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

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