A streak is broken, one is extended

ALBERT PUJOLS had two hits in the Angels’ 8-3 win over the Yankees Tuesday night (Flickr/Marianne O’Leary).

It’s been tough lately for the Los Angeles Angels in Yankee Stadium. The Halos had been winless there since 2014, at least until Tuesday night when they finally defeated the Yankees 8-3. Not only did it snap a long losing streak in the Bronx for the visitors, it extended a losing streak for the home team. It was the Yanks’ seventh straight loss.

The results of the game tipped the Yankees (38-30) into second place in the American League East behind the Boston Red Sox and moved the Angels (37-37) into a second place tie with the Texas Rangers in the AL West. The Rangers, Angels and Baltimore Orioles are each one game back in the wild card race.

The game was tied 3-3 after six innings and then the Angels got three runs in the top of the seventh, and added one run each in the eighth and nine innings.

Cameron Maybin and Luis Valbuena each homered for the Angels and Yunel Escobar hit a run-scoring triple in the late rally for the Angels.

“We talked about us needing to swing the bats better, especially coming in here and going against that club with their bullpen,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You want to get some early runs, and we were able to do that. But as big as those early runs were, the seventh inning was huge for us, with Cam [homering] and getting a little bit of a buffer.”

Maybin not only batted leadoff, he lead the team with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Also getting two hits were Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols, Escobar, Valbuena and Martin Valbuena. Overall, the Angels outhit the Yanks 14-4.

Starter Parker Bridewell worked five strong innings, giving up two runs and two hits. But he walked five batters and gave up a home run. The win went to Blake Parker (3-2), who pitched one inning.

Ricky Nolasco (2-8) will get the start for the Angels on Wednesday.




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