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Nady's career-high six RBI vault Yankees past Angels

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- After a wild victory against baseball's top team, Xavier Nady and the New York Yankees hit the road with some timely momentum.

Nady homered and had a career-high six RBI, rallying New York past the sloppy Los Angeles Angels 14-9 in a back-and-forth game Sunday.

Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning for his first home run with Los Angeles, but New York took advantage of clumsy defense by the Angels to score six times in the bottom half and complete its largest comeback this season.

"It was a crazy ballgame, but it was a big win," Ivan Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez's first homer for the Yankees started their unlikely rally from a five-run deficit against ace John Lackey. New York scored 10 unearned runs in its final two at-bats as the Angels matched a season high with four errors.

"Defense is an asset to this club and we just didn't get it done today. It was a poor game," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We just have to turn the page on this one."

It was an important victory for the playoff-hopeful Yankees, who play 16 of their next 19 on the road. They gained a split of the four-game series, sending the Angels to their fourth loss in 18 games.

Los Angeles, which has the best record in the majors at 69-42, completed its East Coast trip 7-3 by losing for only the third time in its past 13 away from home.

Lackey came within two outs of a no-hitter Tuesday night at Boston. This time, the right-hander was given a 5-0 lead, but he couldn't put the Yankees away.

Rodriguez, acquired Wednesday from Detroit, hit a solo shot in the fifth. Nady's two-run double in the sixth helped New York cut it to 5-4, and Lackey left after 102 pitches.

The Yankees caught their first big break in the seventh when center fielder Gary Matthews Jr., filling in for perennial Gold Glove winner Torii Hunter, tried for a running catch on Derek Jeter's deep drive to left-center and dropped the ball for an error.

"I had a pretty good bead on it," Matthews said. "It's a play I've made so many times. I just didn't come up with it. I know bright sky and all that stuff, but I didn't make it."

Bobby Abreu followed with an RBI single for his third hit, tying it at 5.

Three batters later, Nady, who finished with four hits, smacked a three-run shot off Jose Arredondo for his third home run since being acquired July 26 from Pittsburgh.

"I'm comfortable here. It's good to be with a ballclub with so many great hitters," Nady said. "I see these guys and the at-bats they have and maybe it rubs off on me. I just sit and watch."

Teixeira, obtained Tuesday from Atlanta, connected off Edwar Ramirez (3-0) with two outs in the eighth to give the AL West leaders a 9-8 advantage with his fourth career slam.

But Scot Shields (4-3) immediately ran into trouble in the bottom half. Rodriguez led off with a single and Melky Cabrera reached on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.

On the next pitch, pinch-runner Justin Christian and Cabrera executed a double steal as Johnny Damon pulled back after squaring to bunt.

The clever play caught the Angels off guard. Figgins, retreating to third, couldn't handle catcher Jeff Mathis' wide throw and the ball deflected off his glove into foul territory.

Christian scored the tying run on Mathis' error, and Cabrera went to third.

"No lead is safe with those guys," Teixeira said.

Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a bases-loaded grounder that could have been an inning-ending double play. But Figgins bobbled the ball as the go-ahead run scored, and Rodriguez reached safely on the third baseman's error.

Robinson Cano, who had come off the bench for defense, hit a two-run single off Darren Oliver to make it 12-9. Nady and Christian added RBI singles.

"A couple of tough hops for the guys. We have nobody to blame but ourselves," Shields said.

New York improved to 50-1 when leading after seven innings, though this victory was unconventional. The five-run deficit was the biggest the Yankees have overcome this season.

Chone Figgins had four hits and Aybar drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which chased Darrell Rasner after four innings. Dan Giese kept New York in the game with three scoreless innings.

With Giese's strong outing and Ian Kennedy pitching well in the minors, Rasner's starting spot could be in jeopardy.

"We talk about a lot of things, but right now Raz is in the rotation," manager Joe Girardi said.


  • Girardi said closer Mariano Rivera was unavailable because of back spasms.
  • Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero got the day off.
  • The 10 unearned runs allowed by the Angels equaled a franchise record. The last time New York scored 10 unearned runs at home was 1940 against the St. Louis Browns.
  • Hunter traveled home to Arkansas on Saturday to attend his grandmother's funeral.
  • Cano didn't start for the second successive day because of a sore left hand.
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Teammates line up to congratulate Xavier Nady (six RBI), who proves his worth as a Yankee.  (US Presswire)
Teammates line up to congratulate Xavier Nady (six RBI), who proves his worth as a Yankee. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

X. Nady
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

E. Aybar
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5340001 .287
Erick Aybar, SS3223200 .285
Mark Teixeira, 1B5114002 .281
Garret Anderson, LF5022010 .285
Howie Kendrick, 2B4010100 .332
Juan Rivera, DH5010014 .231
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5000023 .225
Jeff Mathis, C5000031 .213
Reggie Willits, RF0300400 .185
2B - Chone Figgins (11, Rasner), Erick Aybar (12, Rasner), Garret Anderson (18, Giese), Juan Rivera (5, Veras)
HR - Mark Teixeira (21, Ramirez)
RBI - Erick Aybar 3 (29), Mark Teixeira 4 (83), Garret Anderson 2 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar 2 (15), Mark Teixeira 4 (37)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1
DP - Lackey-Aybar-Teixeira, G. Anderson-Figgins
E - Erick Aybar (12, Misplayed grounder), Chone Figgins (3, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Mathis (11, Throwing), Gary Matthews Jr. (5, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 6744441 3.10
Jose Arredondo 1340001 1.13
Scot Shields (BS,2; L,4-3) 0.1150200 2.98
Darren Oliver 0.2311010 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 102-63, Jose Arredondo 25-14, Scot Shields 27-13, Darren Oliver 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 9-3, Jose Arredondo 1-3, Scot Shields 3-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Jose Arredondo 7, Scot Shields 6, Darren Oliver 5
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH4110100 .315
Derek Jeter, SS3210101 .282
Bobby Abreu, RF4331111 .290
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4311123 .324
Jason Giambi, 1B3000105 .249
    Robinson Cano, 2B1112000 .262
Xavier Nady, LF5146003 .334
Wilson Betemit, 2B4001001 .250
    Richie Sexson, 1B1000012 .223
Ivan Rodriguez, C3121100 .296
    Justin Christian, PR1111000 .296
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .237
Melky Cabrera, CF5100014 .243
2B - Xavier Nady (29, Lackey)
HR - Xavier Nady (16, Arredondo), Ivan Rodriguez (6, Lackey)
SH - Derek Jeter (4)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (76), Alex Rodriguez (67), Robinson Cano 2 (52), Xavier Nady 6 (67), Wilson Betemit (18), Ivan Rodriguez (33), Justin Christian (6)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady 3 (26), Justin Christian (4)
SB - Justin Christian (5, off Shields/Mathis), Melky Cabrera (9, 3rd base off Shields/Mathis)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Betemit-Jeter-Giambi
New York Yankees
Darrell Rasner 4755310 5.23
Dan Giese 3100230 2.51
Edwar Ramirez (BS,2; W,3-0) 1244221 3.20
Jose Veras 1100010 2.63
IBB - Kendrick by Dan Giese
Pitches-Strikes - Darrell Rasner 79-45, Dan Giese 44-27, Edwar Ramirez 29-16, Jose Veras 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Darrell Rasner 3-7, Dan Giese 2-4, Edwar Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Darrell Rasner 21, Dan Giese 12, Edwar Ramirez 7, Jose Veras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 54204
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West