By RICK FREEMAN AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off
Garrett Richards before the rookie got his first major league out
and the New York Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak
with a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Granderson later added his 31st homer of the season on a long
shot to the second deck in right field. Robinson Cano tacked on a
two-run shot in the seventh inning, getting within a single of
hitting for the cycle.
Ivan Nova (11-4) took over the big league lead in wins for
rookies, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.
Peter Bourjos homered and Vernon Wells hit an RBI single for the
Angels, who lost for the fourth time in 13 games.
Eric Chavez hit an RBI double and Nick Swisher and Russell
Martin had run-scoring singles for the Yankees.
Nova walked three without a strikeout one start after he fanned
10 without a walk in his previous start.
He hasn’t lost in eight starts since June 3, against the Angels,
and didn’t really do anything to increase the danger of being odd
man out once the Yankees stop using six starting pitchers.
The right-hander was lifted after letting the first four batters
reach in the seventh. Reliever got the speedy Bourjos to ground
into a bases-loaded double play that scored a run and made it 7-3,
then retired Jeff Mathis to end the inning.
The Yankees had lost six games in a row when the opposing
starter was making his big league debut. The streak was in jeopardy
pretty much from the start of the first inning.
Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner walked, as did Derek Jeter, before
Granderson hit a long line drive to the gap in right that hit the
padding atop the fence in front of the Yankees bullpen and bounced
softly over it.
Richards (0-1) allowed six runs and six hits in five innings. He
also had two wild pitches, two strikeouts and two walks. He was
called up from Double-A Arkansas by Los Angeles to take Jered
Weaver’s turn in the rotation while the Angels ace serves a
Los Angeles made two nice defensive plays behind Richards. In
the second inning, shortstop Erick Aybar sprinted out into left
field, leaned left and robbed Gardner.
Two innings later, Bourjos made the play of the game in center
field, running down Eduardo Nunez’s drive to the gap and catching
it at his knees while right fielder Torii Hunter dived in front of
him. Bourjos turned and fired to second, where he nearly doubled
NOTES: Richards was 12-2 with 3.06 ERA at Arkansas. The
23-year-old was drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2009.
… Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2007 Daytona 500, threw out the
first pitch. … Angels RHP Joel Pineiro made his first relief
appearance since Aug. 22, 2008, with St. Louis. … The six
starters the Yankees couldn’t beat in their debuts: Josh Tomlin of
Cleveland, Jake Arrieta and Koji Uehara of Baltimore, Daryl
Thompson of Cincinnati, Anibal Sanchez of Florida and Gustavo
Chacin of Toronto. … It was Granderson’s third multihomer game of
the season. … Yankees RHP Bartolo Colon was set to face Angels
rookie righty Tyler Chatwood in Thursday afternoon’s game. The
38-year-old Colon (8-6) has been a revelation for the Yankees this
season, with a 3.33 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 113 2-3 innings.
Chatwood (6-8) has a 4.10 ERA and 66 strikeouts against 59 walks.
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