Yankees snap Angels' streak
Yankees snap Angels' streak
ANAHEIM -- The Angels' eight-game winning streak is history. But what a thrilling three-game series it was against the New York Yankees.
Raul Ibanez tripled in the sixth inning and scored on Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run as the Yankees halted the Angels' momentum with a 6-5 victory Wednesday night.
For the third consecutive night, Angel Stadium felt like the scene of postseason baseball in late May. The Angels had runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Mark Trumbo came to the plate. Trumbo had homered earlier and in the victories Monday and Tuesday night. However, he broke his bat on a flyout to left, ending the game.
Trumbo went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, capping off a ferocious series against the Yankees: In the three games he went 8 for 13 with three homers and six RBIs. He has homered in four consecutive games, the first Angel to do that since Rex Hudler in 1996.
The Angels trailed, 5-1, but rallied in the fourth on Trumbo's two-run blast. Erick Aybar singled and Bobby Wilson dropped a bunt single that Alex Rodriguez could only stare at. Mike Trout followed with a line-drive double that got to the wall in right-center, scoring Aybar and Wilson and tying the score at 5-5.
But the Yankees nudged ahead to stay in the sixth when Ibanez's drive found the gap in left-center. Swisher scored him.
The Angels had runners at first and third with two out in the seventh, but Howie Kendrick struck out against reliever Cory Wade. After the Angels went quietly in the eighth, some in the crowd of 40,111 headed for the exits.
The Angels got a run in the first by playing small ball: Mike Trout was hit with Ivan Nova's third pitch of the game and took off for second just as Alberto Callaspo stroked a single to the space vacated by Derek Jeter at short. Trout went to third and scored on Trumbo's sacrifice fly.
But the Yankees stormed back with five runs in the third inning. Russell Martin led off by drawing an eight-pitch walk from Angels starter Ervin Santana. The Yankees pulled a hit-and-run of their own as Martin ran and Jeter hit a ball to the shortstop hole.
Curtis Granderson then came up and fell behind 1-2, but he worked the count full and then smashed a 94 mph fastball into the seats in right-center for a 3-1 lead.
Rodriguez got down 0-2 but took three consecutive balls before getting nicked by a pitch. Santana got ahead of Robinson Cano 0-2, but two pitches later Cano blasted a home run deeper into the right-field stands than Granderson's, and the Yankees led, 5-1.
Santana, who got the no-decision, has allowed 15 homers this season in 11 starts, compared with 26 homers in 33 starts last year.