Los Angeles Angels

Lucky seventh for the Halos in NY

CLIFF PENNINGTON had three hits in the Angels’ come-from-behind 10-5 win over the Yankees Thursday night (Flickr/Bart Hanlon photo).

When the Los Angeles Angels traveled to New York this week, did they smuggle the Rally Monkey into Yankee Stadium?

Perhaps the Halos did get some help as they came back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat the Bronx boys 10-5 Thursday night.

The improbable victory allowed the Orange County team to take the series, two games to one, and even their record at 38-38. For the Yankees (39-31), it was their eighth loss in nine games.

One run in the sixth closed the gap, and four in the seventh put the Angels in the lead. They added two insurance runs in the eighth.

Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in that wild seventh. The Yanks didn’t help their cause much, making three errors and two wild pitches.

Cliff Pennington led the Angels with three hits and three runs scored. Cameron Maybin homered and walked twice, scoring three runs. Pujols and Yunel Escobar each had two hits apiece as the Halos outhit the Yanks 11-8.

“We just continue to come in with that fighter’s mentality,” Maybin said. “Sometimes you get knocked down, but we don’t get knocked out very much.”

Jesse Chavez had a rocky start, working four innings and giving up seven hits and five runs. He walked two batters and struck out three. The win in relief went to Yusemeiro Petit, who worked two scoreless innings and struck out three New Yorkers.

For the Yanks, the highlight was a three-run home run by Aaron Judge, his 25th of the season.

The Angels will be in Boston on Friday to start a three-game series.

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