Say it Ain’t So Mo
By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bobby Abreu hit his second homer of the game, a
two-out, two-run shot off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, and
the Los Angeles Angels then pulled a trick to trap Curtis
Granderson for the final out to beat the New York Yankees 6-4
The Yankees ran themselves out of their last chance. With
runners at the corners, two outs and Mark Teixeira up, reliever
Jordan Walden faked a pickoff throw to third base. Granderson broke
from first and was caught in no man’s land, and Walden’s throw got
him in a rundown.
The Angels, the only American League team with a winning record
against the Yankees over the last decade, saddled New York with its
first three-game losing streak since early June.
Abreu’s drive deep into the right-field seats was only the
second homer allowed this season by Rivera (1-2). The Yankees
closer faltered for the second straight appearance _ he blew a
ninth-inning lead Sunday night in Boston.
Abreu connected for his first multihomer game this season and
16th of his career. Once a star for the Yankees, Abreu sat in a
golf cart outside the Angels’ clubhouse and chatted with some of
his former teammates before the game while rain washed away batting
Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo opened the ninth with a single.
Erick Aybar bunted into a forceout, leaving him in an 0-for-24
slump, and stole second base. After Howie Kendrick grounded out,
Abreu hit his sixth home run of the season.
Walden worked the ninth for his 26th save in 33 chances. Scott
Downs (6-2) got Russell Martin to ground out with two runners on to
end the eighth.
The Angels moved a season-high 12 games over .500. They have the
AL’s best record since mid-June.
Derek Jeter lined a two-out, two-run single over Fernando
Rodney’s head that made it 4-all in the seventh, and smiled wide as
the Angels made a pitching change. That tying hit came right after
Brett Gardner finished starter Dan Haren with an RBI single and
stole his 22nd straight base.
The Angels scored four times off A.J. Burnett in the sixth for a
4-1 lead. Abreu led off with a low liner for a home run _ right
fielder Nick Swisher actually broke in a few steps _ and three
walks loaded the bases with two outs.
Jeff Mathis stepped up batting .180 and took a half-swing at
Burnett’s first pitch. Plate umpire Chris Guccione ruled it a
strike and quickly ejected Angels manager Mike Scioscia for
arguing. Scioscia came out to have his say, returned to the dugout
and Mathis hit the next pitch on one hop over the center-field wall
for a two-run double.
Burnett followed by throwing a wild pitch that let another run
score, and was booed when the inning ended. In Burnett’s previous
start, the Yankees handed him a 13-1 cushion, but the Chicago White
Sox chased him before he could last five innings to qualify for the
Granderson hit his 29th homer, giving New York a 1-0 lead in the
NOTES: Angels RHP Garrett Richards is set to make his major
league debut Wednesday night against the Yankees. Richards was 12-2
with 3.06 ERA at Double-A Arkansas. The 23-year-old was drafted by
the Angels in the first round in 2009. Richards will fill in while
RHP Jered Weaver serves a six-game suspension. “We don’t have a
ton of information on him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Rookie Ivan Nova (10-4) will start for New York. He struck out a
career-high 10 in his last start vs. the White Sox. … Jeter was
hitting .191 with runners in scoring position and two out when he
tied the game. He’s now 5 for 8 lifetime against Rodney. … DH
Jorge Posada was still on the bench for the Yankees. “I’m not
happy,” he said. “I really can’t control not being in the
lineup.” … Burnett is 0-9 in his last 14 August starts, dating
to 2008. … The Angels’ Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo each tagged
up from first base and advanced on long fly balls. … Yankees RHP
Phil Hughes will pitch Saturday vs. Tampa Bay. He was supposed to
start this game, but got moved back after pitching in relief Sunday
night at Boston. … The Yankees released Triple-A LHP J.C. Romero
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