By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in five
runs, Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees
overcame yet another homer by Mark Trumbo to rally past the Los
Angeles Angels 6-5 Friday night.
Teixeira’s three-run shot and Martin’s two-out single in the
eighth inning overcame the Angels’ 5-2 edge.
Trumbo homered in his fifth straight game against the Yankees.
His three-run shot in the seventh made him the first Yankees
opponent to homer five games in a row since Albert Belle in 1994,
STATS LLC said.
Howie Kendrick was thrown out at second base to end the game. He
tried to advance when a pitch from Rafael Soriano bounced away, but
Martin made a strong peg for the final out.
The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, broke loose
after C.J. Wilson was pulled following a sharp seven-inning start.
Scott Downs (1-1) relieved to begin the eighth with an 0.30 ERA
this season. Derek Jeter led off with a double, Curtis Granderson
walked and Teixeira hit the first homer off Downs this year.
Teixeira’s tying shot was his 17th home run _ he has 36 career
multihomer games, three this season.
Downs retired the next two batters and left after walking Nick
Swisher. Kevin Jepsen relieved and, after pinch-runner Dewayne Wise
stole second and pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez was intentionally walked,
Martin sliced a single to right. Martin ended an 0-for-30 slump
last Saturday in his last game before the All-Star break.
Soriano wound up with his 21st save in 22 chances. Chad Qualls
(1-0) got his first win with the Yankees.
Trumbo was picked by Yankees star Robinson Cano for the home run
derby in Kansas City this week and finished among the leaders. The
Angels slugger did equally fine on a humid evening in the Bronx,
sending a shot into the left-center field bleachers against Hiroki
Kuroda for a 4-2 lead.
Trumbo nearly hit another homer, but Swisher made a leaping
catch at the top of the right-field wall in the eighth. Trumbo is
11 for 22 with five homers and 10 RBIs against New York this
Albert Pujols singled to start the Angels’ seventh-inning rally,
then hit a ground-rule double in the eighth that made it 5-2. He
stumbled coming around first base and hobbled into second,
prompting Angels manager Mike Scioscia and a trainer to check on
him. Pujols stayed in the game.
Angels rookie Mike Trout, leading the league in hitting and
steals, doubled and singled, stole two bases and scored a run.
A prep star in New Jersey who worked out for scouts at the old
and new Yankee Stadium, Trout’s favorite player growing up was
Jeter. They ate lunch together at the All-Star game, and Jeter made
Trout’s family and friends feel welcome in the 20-year-old’s first
game at the ballpark _ the 20-plus members of the Trout rooting
section sat in Jeter’s suite.
Erick Aybar also homered for the Angels.
NOTES: Jeter has scored 1,818 runs, two more than Carl
Yastrzemski for 16th place on the career list. … Cano extended
his hitting streak to a season-high 16 games. … Yankees LHP CC
Sabathia (strained left groin) threw a simulated game. If he’s OK,
he’ll start Tuesday night vs. Toronto. Asked his goal for the
second half, the ace said: “Stay healthy.” … Yankees LHP Andy
Pettitte (broken left leg) rejoined the team after recuperating at
home in Texas. He’s targeting Sept. 1 to be back in the rotation.
… Yankees OF Brett Gardner (right elbow) is ready to swing in a
simulated game Sunday. … Angels RHP Dan Haren (stiff back) had a
bullpen session Thursday and is set for another one Saturday.
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