Trumbo homers again vs Yankees, but Angels lose

By Ben Walker

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 13 2012 9:10 p.m. MDT

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels' Howard Kendrick (47) to end the baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2012, in New York. The Yankees won 6-5.

Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mark Trumbo almost beat the New York Yankees all by himself.

Trumbo homered against the Yankees for the fifth straight game and nearly launched another Friday night before the Los Angeles Angels watched their bullpen fall apart in a 6-5 loss.

Trumbo said he didn't realize his streak was so long.

"Yeah? I guess, pretty cool," he said. "But if it wasn't enough to get a win, it's just a novelty."

Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in five runs. His three-run shot and Russell Martin's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning overcame the Angels' 5-2 edge.

"This is one that got away," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Trumbo's three-run shot in the seventh was his 23rd of the season. Albert Belle in 1994 was the last Yankees opponent to homer five games in a row, STATS LLC. Harold Baines in 1984-85 is the only other player to do that against New York, the Yankees said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

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.

In the eighth, Trumbo's drive to right field was caught by a leaping Nick Swisher at the top of the wall. Trumbo is 11 for 22 with five homers and 10 RBIs against New York this season.

"Good to see Mark get ahold of one," Scioscia said. "Just missed another one."

The Angels had two runners caught stealing, then Howie Kendrick was thrown out at second base to end the game. He tried to advance when a pitch from Rafael Soriano bounced away from Martin, but the catcher 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 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.

As for the Angels relievers losing a lead, "probably one of the anomalies," Trumbo said.

Soriano wound up with his 21st save in 22 chances. Chad Qualls (1-0) got his first win with the Yankees.

Albert Pujols singled to start the Angels' seventh-inning rally and hit a ground-rule double in the eighth that made it 5-2. He stumbled coming around first base and hobbled into second, prompting Scioscia and a trainer to check on him. Pujols stayed in the game.

Scioscia said Pujols earlier fouled a ball off his foot and "felt just a little jolt or something" coming around the bag.

"He should be OK," Scioscia said.

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: Angels LHP Brad Mills was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. He was a candidate to start Tuesday night in Detroit. ... Angels RHP Dan Haren (stiff back) had a bullpen session Thursday and is set for another one Saturday. ... Angels C Chris Iannetta (broken right wrist) will throw to bases next week in Detroit. ... Angels OF Vernon Wells (right thumb) took batting practice on the field. Scioscia says Wells will spend a week swinging the bat to get back in shape.

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