Angels shock Yankees again
For 2d straight game, LA erases big deficit
All that power in the Yankees’ lineup couldn’t overcome the Los Angeles Angels’ pesky, grind-it-out offense in another comeback by the team that does them better than anyone else.
Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead two-run double off reliever David Robertson during a seven-run fifth inning and added a solo homer in the seventh, leading the Angels to a 14-8 victory yesterday in Anaheim after the Yankees tied a season high with five home runs, including two each from Alex Rodriguez and Eric Hinske.
The Angels have 24 runs in their first two games since outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter went on the disabled list.
Los Angeles leads the majors with 26 comeback wins. Brandon Wood, a perennial prospect recalled from Triple A Salt Lake Friday, hit a two-run homer during the fifth-inning rally and Howie Kendrick capped it with a two-run single.
“The third, fourth and fifth innings is where we do our damage - the second and third time through the lineup, when these guys can get a feel for the starting pitcher,’’ starter Jered Weaver said. “People know they need to step up with our three leading hitters out, and they definitely have.’’
For the seventh time in the Angels’ last eight games, they fell behind by at least four runs. And for the fourth time, they won - including Friday night, when they overcame a 5-1 deficit against Joba Chamberlain. It’s the first time the Angels have won four games in this fashion on one homestand in the franchise’s 49-year history.
Mets 4, Reds 0 - Jeff Francoeur had a two-run single in his Mets debut and Johan Santana pitched seven sharp innings as host New York shut out Cincinnati.
The Mets acquired Francoeur, a free-swinging slugger, and cash from the Atlanta Braves Friday for Ryan Church in a swap of outfielders.
Brewers 6, Dodgers 3 - J.J. Hardy hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth, and Trevor Hoffman and Milwaukee’s bullpen held on to beat visiting Los Angeles.
Athletics 7, Rays 2 - Rajai Davis and Adam Kennedy each hit two-run homers in the seventh inning, and Dallas Braden gave up two runs over six innings as visiting Oakland beat Tampa Bay.
Indians 5, Tigers 4 - Carl Pavano allowed two runs in eight innings and Travis Hafner drove in a pair to push visiting Cleveland past Detroit.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 2 - Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in eight strong innings to earn his 100th career victory as host Chicago beat St. Louis.
Nationals 13, Astros 2 - Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham, and Adam Dunn homered in consecutive at-bats and Washington set season highs for hits (21) and runs in routing host Houston.
Phillies 8, Pirates 7 - Ryan Howard hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth inning before Paul Bako’s single gave host Philadelphia a win over Pittsburgh.
White Sox 8, Twins 7 - Jim Thome drove in four runs for visiting Chicago, countering two home runs by ex-teammate, Minnesota’s Joe Crede.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3 - Melvin Mora ended a 50-game homerless drought with an opposite-field drive in the 12th inning, lifting host Baltimore over Toronto.
Braves 4, Rockies 3 - Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and singled twice to drive in a run and score a run to help visiting Atlanta beat Colorado.
Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 1 - All-Star Justin Upton matched a career high with four hits and Jon Garland allowed one run in eight innings as host Arizona beat Florida.
Giants 2, Padres 1 - Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight day and Justin Miller pitched solidly after an injury forced starter Matt Cain out as host San Francisco held off San Diego.
Mariners 4, Rangers 1 - Rob Johnson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh to lift host Seattle over Texas.