Slide! Slide! And the Halos are …

JEFRY MARTE takes off for first in the Angels’ 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Sunday. They’ll have Monday off and then take on the Baltimore Orioles (Angels photo).

If you’re an Angels fan thirsty for some good news after the 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees at the Big A on Sunday …

The one that finished a three-game sweep. That meant the Angels have gone from a 13-3 start to a 16-12, and from first place in the American League West to third and fading fast.

Consider this. The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, having won nine in a row. Although the Angels were swept, the first and third games were decided by one run.

On Sunday, the margin of defeat was a two-run home run by Gary Sanchez in the top of the fourth off Tyler Skaggs. The Angels answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth when Justin Upton scored on a wild pitch, but couldn’t do much against Yankee starter CC. Sabathia, who worked seven innings, striking out four and walking one. Angel starter Skaggs (3-2) did well, striking out eight and walking two.

Another highlight was Albert Pujols’ 2,996th career hit, a blooper to left center field.

Hoping to find some success at home, the Halos will host the Baltimore Orioles (8-20) on Tuesday after taking Monday off.



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