Curtis Granderson hit a three-run home run in the third inning, Robinson Cano hit a two-run dinger – also in the third and Nick Swisher hit a sac fly to score the go ahead run in the sixth inning to help the Yankees finish the West Coast portion of this nine-game road trip with a 4-2 record.
The win snapped the Angels’ eight-game winning streak and also ended a two-game mini losing streak by the Yanks.
Ivan Nova looked shaky but still earned his sixth win of the season. He lasted six and two-third innings, gave up five earned runs on eight hits and gave up a home run to Mark Trumbo who finished the game 3-4 with that home run and three RBI. That one at bat without a hit came at the perfect time, the end of the game.
Rafael Soriano picked up his sixth save of the season giving up one hit and one walk in his one, somewhat frightening, inning of work. He walked Alberto Callapso ahead of Albert Pujols who hit an infield single. The Angels had two on and only one out. As the drama unfolded, Yankee fans thought to themselves, “We’ve seen this movie before.” Thankfully tonight’s movie ended happily for Yankee fans with Torii Hunter grounding into a fielder’s choice for the second out and Trumbo flying out to left.
The Yankees have an off day tomorrow then travel to Detroit to finish up this extended road trip. Oh and guess what? They’re now only 1.5 games out of first place in the American League East. Considering how bad they’ve been in May, that’s pretty good.