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NEW YORK -- With a struggling bullpen and facing a powerful offense perfectly suited for a homer-friendly ballpark, Mike Scioscia is relieved the Angels were able to escape New York with a win.
"What many would consider a safe lead, those guys aren't going to quit playing," the Angels manager said of the Yankees. "We walked four guys in the ninth inning. We kind of loaded the gun for them and they almost pulled the trigger. So it was good for us to hold on but you need to make pitches. This was a rough series for some guys in our bullpen."
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Ibanez knocked the glove off Downs with a sharp grounder and reached for an infield single. Pinch-hitter Andruw Jones struck out, Russell Martin had a fielder's choice and Derek Jeter walked to load the bases.
Downs then walked Curtis Granderson to make it 10-8 before Jepsen entered. He retired Rodriguez on a popup to the grass behind first base for his first save since 2009, helping the Angels avoid their first three-game sweep in New York since 1995.
"Me against you, here it is," Jepsen said of his approach against Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was 2 for 11 with the bases loaded coming in. Earlier this season he tied Lou Gehrig's record for most career grand slams with 23.
"What an awesome situation," Rodriguez said. We just came up a little short."
Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit consecutive home runs off Ivan Nova in the first inning for Los Angeles. Maicer Izturis had a go-ahead, two-run shot in the sixth and Mark Trumbo connected in the ninth. The American League rivals combined for eight homers.
"Felt like today was a pretty good day to get one up in the air," said Trumbo, who homered against New York for the sixth time in seven games.
Trailing 2-0, the Yankees rallied for the third straight game to take a lead behind Rodriguez's two-run homer in the bottom of the first and Jeter's RBI single in the second.
But the Angels had a comeback of their own this time.
Albert Callaspo hit a tying sacrifice fly on the 10th pitch of the at-bat in the sixth - on a spectacular diving catch by Granderson. Izturis then homered for the first time in nearly a year.
Granderson and Eric Chavez connected to make it 6-5 after seven innings. Mike Trout's RBI double, Bobby Wilson's run-scoring single and Aybar's squeeze play in the eighth gave the Angels what appeared to be a comfortable margin.
Jered Weaver (11-1) was hardly at his best in winning his fifth straight start since coming off the disabled list June 20, giving up more than one earned run for the first time since May 18. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in seven innings.
"In this stadium you have to pitch to the score, keep you team in the game as much as possible," Weaver said. "You never get a break with that lineup."
The Yankees spared him more trouble by running into four outs on the basepaths, including a big blunder in the third inning.
With one out, runners on first and third and Teixeira at bat, Robinson Cano was caught off first base. While he was in a rundown, Rodriguez inched off third. After Cano was tagged out for a caught stealing, the indecisive Rodriguez made a late attempt to score but Aybar, the shortstop, threw home and A-Rod was easily tagged out by Wilson.
Rodriguez snapped a 49 at-bat stretch without a homer, hitting No. 643 of his career in the first. The two-run shot gave him his first multi-RBI game since June 12. His two-run homer snapped Weaver's scoreless streak at 20 2/3 innings.
Jeter singled in a run in the second for a 3-2 lead, but he was caught rounding first for the third out of the inning.
Ibanez grounded into a double play in the fourth.
In the fifth, Eric Chavez got doubled off first when Weaver caught Martin's popped up bunt.
Nova (10-4) breezed through the Angels' lineup after a rocky first, yielding only two hits until Kendrys Morales led off the sixth with a single. He was pulled after allowing Trout's double and Aybar's single to open the seventh.
Trout scored on Pujols' double-play grounder, closing Nova's line. He gave up six runs and nine hits.
"I Feel like I can do better than this," Nova said.
Granderson made an over-the-shoulder catch slamming into the wall in straightaway center field for the second out of the third inning. He received a loud ovation as he ran off the field at the end of the inning and when he led off the bottom half.
|Mike Trout provides a pair of doubles and finishes as one of six Angels to have multiple hits in the win over the Yanks. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, LF||5||1||2||1||1||0||0||.349|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||1||2||2||1||0||3||.266|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.271|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.284|
|Mark Trumbo, RF||5||2||3||1||0||1||1||.310|
|Torii Hunter, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||3||2||1||2||2||1||0||.230|
|Peter Bourjos, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.237|
|Bobby Wilson, C||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.202|
|2B - Mike Trout 2 (19, Nova, Qualls)|
|HR - Erick Aybar (4, Nova), Albert Pujols (15, Nova), Mark Trumbo (24, Mitchell), Maicer Izturis (1, Nova)|
|SF - Alberto Callaspo (2)|
|SH - Erick Aybar (3)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (41), Erick Aybar 2 (26), Albert Pujols (53), Mark Trumbo (61), Alberto Callaspo (28), Maicer Izturis 2 (12), Bobby Wilson (6)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Peter Bourjos 1|
|DP - Jer. Weaver-Pujols-Aybar-Wilson, Aybar-Pujols, Jer. Weaver-Pujols|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jered Weaver (W,11-1)||7||10||5||5||1||4||3||2.26|
|Scott Downs (H,16)||0.2||1||0||0||2||1||0||1.44|
|Kevin Jepsen (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 99-67, Jason Isringhausen 11-7, Ernesto Frieri 20-9, Scott Downs 21-11, Kevin Jepsen 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-7, Jason Isringhausen 2-1, Scott Downs 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Jason Isringhausen 3, Ernesto Frieri 3, Scott Downs 5, Kevin Jepsen 1|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.309|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||2||2||2||1||0||0||.251|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||3||.270|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.318|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.251|
|Nick Swisher, RF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.260|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Eric Chavez, DH||3||2||3||1||0||0||0||.290|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.237|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.178|
|a-struck out for Chavez in the 9th|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (25, Jer. Weaver), Alex Rodriguez (14, Jer. Weaver), Mark Teixeira (18, Frieri), Eric Chavez (8, Jer. Weaver)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (26), Curtis Granderson 2 (52), Alex Rodriguez 2 (40), Mark Teixeira 2 (61), Eric Chavez (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (12), Curtis Granderson (20), Eric Chavez (7)|
|CS - Robinson Cano (2, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Ivan Nova (L,10-4)||6||9||6||6||2||3||3||4.18|
|IBB - Pujols by Boone Logan|
|WP - Chad Qualls (3), D.J. Mitchell (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 101-62, Chad Qualls 28-17, Boone Logan 9-3, D.J. Mitchell 21-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 4-11, Chad Qualls 3-0, Boone Logan 1-1, D.J. Mitchell 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 29, Chad Qualls 8, Boone Logan 3, D.J. Mitchell 7|
|Attendance - 46679|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|