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Angels Avoid Sweep, Beat Yanks 10-8

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The Yankees (54-34) came into Sunday’s game against the Angels (49-40) looking for the series sweep but failed to come away with the victory losing 10-8. In what looked like it would be a pitcher’s duel between Weaver and Ivan Nova was far from it. Both pitchers were hit hard early and often, the teams combined for eight home runs.

The Angels went back to back off of Nova in the top of the first inning. Erick Aybar hit his fourth of the season and Albert Pujols hit his 15th getting the Angels out to an early 2-0 lead. The Yankees however would answer right back and tie the game in the bottom of the first when Alex Rodriguez blasted a two run homer to left, his 14th of the season.

In the bottom of the second Derek Jeter put the Yankees up 3-2 lining a single to center field scoring Eric Chavez.

In the top of the sixth inning the Angels would fight back scoring three runs. An Alberto Callaspo RBI sac-fly scored the first run and Maicer Izturis hit a two run shot off of Nova putting the Angels up 5-3. It was Izturis first home run of the season.

The Yankees got one back in the bottom of the sixth when Curtis Granderson hit a towering leadoff solo home run down the right field line. It was Granderson’s 25th of the season.  

In the seventh the Angels were able to score a run making the score 6-4 but Eric Chavez kept the Yankees in the game for a short time with a solo home run to right center field making the score 6-5 Angels at the end of seven innings.

Chad Qualls pitched the eighth for the Yanks and let the game slip away giving up three runs on three hits in the inning. Bobby Wilson and Mike Trout each had RBI base hits. Trout finished the game 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Mark Trumbo homered in the ninth off of Boone Logan putting the score at 10-5. It was Trumbo’s 24th of the season.

Mark Teixeira blasted a two run homer off of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri in the ninth. It was Teixeira’s 18th of the season. The Yankees rallied loading the bases in the ninth. With two outs and Curtis Granderson at the plate Scott Downs walked him pushing across a run making the score 10-8. Alex Rodriguez then had a chance to tie or win the game and popped out to first after Mike Scioscia brought in hard throwing reliever Kevin Jepsen.

Jared Weaver went seven innings gave up five runs on 10 hits and struck out four. Ivan Nova went six innings gave up six runs on nine hits and struck out three.

Robinson Cano singled in the first inning extending his hitting streak to 18 straight. Cano went 2-3 with two singles.

The Yankees start a three game series on Monday night with the Toronto Blue Jays. Henderson Alvarez (5-7 4.36) starts for the Blue Jays while Phil Hughes (9-7 4.33) goes for the Yankees. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.

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