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Angels' Abreu hits up ex-team, Yanks lose third in row

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NEW YORK -- That ol' fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff play that never, ever works? Trying telling that to the Los Angeles Angels.

Rookie closer Jordan Walden pulled the much-maligned trick and trapped Curtis Granderson for the final out, and the Angels rode Bobby Abreu's two-run homer in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera to beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday.

"I haven't seen anyone do it since Little League," Angels veteran Torii Hunter said. "Nope. But I'm standing out there in right field and whoa!"'

Abreu connected with two outs for his second home run of the game. The Yankees then began to rally in the bottom half, putting runners at the corners with Mark Teixeira up.

Walden bluffed toward third a couple times. The only thing that did was draw boos from the crowd.

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Walden decided to try it once more. He stepped to third as if to make a throw, whirled toward first and -- surprise! -- Granderson was trying to steal second and caught in no-man's-land.

For Walden, it was easy pickin's.

"He's halfway and I'm like, 'What?"' Walden said. "You practice it in spring training. That's why."

Walden threw to shortstop Erick Aybar, who chased Granderson. Aybar tossed to first baseman Mark Trumbo, who made the tag.

"I was trying to get to second base. The odds are you never really see too many teams do that too many times in an inning," Granderson said. "So the odds are he's probably not going to do it again. There's two strikes and I don't have too many options to get to second base."

The Angels, the only American League team with a winning record against the Yankees over the last decade, saddled New York with its first three-game losing streak since early June.

Abreu's drive deep into the right-field seats was only the second homer allowed this season by Rivera (1-2). The Yankees closer faltered for the second straight appearance -- he blew a ninth-inning lead Sunday night in Boston.

"I don't worry about that. That's going to happen," Rivera said. "Unfortunately, it happened tonight."

Abreu connected for his first multihomer game this season and 16th of his career. Once a star for the Yankees, Abreu sat in a golf cart outside the Angels' clubhouse and chatted with some of his former teammates before the game while rain washed away batting practice.

"It's unbelievable," Abreu said. "You never expect as a hitter you're going to hit a homer against Mariano."

Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo opened the ninth with a single. Aybar bunted into a forceout, leaving him in an 0-for-24 slump, and stole second base. After Howie Kendrick grounded out, Abreu hit his sixth home run of the season.

Walden worked the ninth for his 26th save in 33 chances. Scott Downs (6-2) got Russell Martin to ground out with two runners on to end the eighth.

The Angels moved a season-high 12 games over .500. They have the AL's best record since mid-June.

Derek Jeter lined a two-out, two-run single over Fernando Rodney's head that made it 4-all in the seventh, and smiled wide as the Angels made a pitching change. That tying hit came right after Brett Gardner finished starter Dan Haren with an RBI single and stole his 22nd straight base.

The Angels scored four times off A.J. Burnett in the sixth for a 4-1 lead. Abreu led off with a low liner for a home run -- right fielder Nick Swisher actually broke in a few steps -- and three walks loaded the bases with two outs.

Jeff Mathis stepped up batting .180 and took a half-swing at Burnett's first pitch. Plate umpire Chris Guccione ruled it a strike and quickly ejected Angels manager Mike Scioscia for arguing. Scioscia came out to have his say, returned to the dugout and Mathis hit the next pitch on one hop over the center-field wall for a two-run double.

Burnett followed by throwing a wild pitch that let another run score, and was booed when the inning ended.

Granderson hit his 29th homer, giving New York a 1-0 lead in the first.

Notes

  • Angels RHP Garrett Richards is set to make his major league debut Wednesday night against the Yankees. Richards was 12-2 with 3.06 ERA at Double-A Arkansas. The 23-year-old was drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2009. Richards will fill in while RHP Jered Weaver serves a six-game suspension.
  • LHP Horacio Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Richards. Rookie Ivan Nova (10-4) will start for New York. He struck out a career-high 10 in his last start vs. the White Sox.
  • DH Jorge Posada was still on the bench for the Yankees. "I'm not happy," he said. "I really can't control not being in the lineup."
  • Yankees RHP Phil Hughes will pitch Saturday vs. Tampa Bay. He was supposed to start this game, but got moved back after pitching in relief Sunday night at Boston.
 
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Mariano Rivera is not happy about giving up a home run in the ninth inning to former teammate Bobby Abreu.  (Getty Images)
Mariano Rivera is not happy about giving up a home run in the ninth inning to former teammate Bobby Abreu. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

E. Nunez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS5100004 .268
Howard Kendrick, 2B5000033 .298
Bobby Abreu, DH5223020 .255
Torii Hunter, RF5030000 .252
Mark Trumbo, 1B3100122 .259
Vernon Wells, LF4000012 .210
Maicer Izturis, 3B3120100 .271
Peter Bourjos, CF3110112 .266
Jeff Mathis, C2012010 .185
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1010000 .289
    Bobby Wilson, C0000000 .182
Totals366105310  
a-singled for Mathis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Mathis (10, Burnett)
HR - Bobby Abreu 2 (6, Burnett, M. Rivera)
SH - Jeff Mathis (10)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (45), Jeff Mathis 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (16), Jeff Mathis 2 (10)
SB - Erick Aybar (24, 2nd base off M. Rivera/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren 6.2644261 2.91
Fernando Rodney (BS,4)0100000 3.60
Hisanori Takahashi 0.1000010 3.33
Scott Downs (W,6-2) 1100100 1.41
Jordan Walden (S,26) 1100110 2.74
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 120-79, Fernando Rodney 3-1, Hisanori Takahashi 6-3, Scott Downs 23-12, Jordan Walden 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-6, Scott Downs 2-1, Jordan Walden 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Fernando Rodney 1, Hisanori Takahashi 1, Scott Downs 5, Jordan Walden 4
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5110032 .281
Derek Jeter, SS4012111 .273
Curtis Granderson, CF5111023 .273
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000000 .249
Robinson Cano, 2B4010010 .295
Nick Swisher, RF3000101 .265
Eric Chavez, DH2010110 .310
   a- Andruw Jones, PH-DH1010000 .239
Russell Martin, C4110005 .228
Eduardo Nunez, 3B3121100 .279
Totals3549448  
a-singled for Chavez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Chavez (3, Haren), Russell Martin (12, Haren)
HR - Curtis Granderson (29, Haren)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (41), Curtis Granderson (87), Eduardo Nunez (26)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (11), Curtis Granderson (22), Eduardo Nunez (13)
SB - Brett Gardner (36, 2nd base off Rodney/Mathis), Eduardo Nunez 2 (18, 2nd base off Haren/Mathis, 2nd base off Walden/Wilson)
CS - Curtis Granderson (10, 2nd base by Walden/Wilson)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett 6744361 4.60
Cory Wade 1100030 1.71
David Robertson 1000010 1.38
Mariano Rivera (L,1-2) 1222001 2.23
IBB - Izturis by A.J. Burnett
WP - A.J. Burnett (15)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 105-66, Cory Wade 16-11, David Robertson 12-7, Mariano Rivera 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-8, David Robertson 1-1, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Cory Wade 4, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46466
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt