Bronx, NY (Sports Network) -belted a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning to vault the past the , 6-5, in the finale of a three-game series.
' error on a soft grounder by allowed the Yankees to load the bases, opening the door for Cano's heroics.
"This is a guy that can carry you," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Cano. "That's how good of a player he is."
entered with two aboard in the ninth and allowed a first-pitch, three-run homer to before settling to record his 30th save of the season.
hit a two-run homer and went 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Yankees, who rebounded from a three-game skid to win the final two games of this series.
(2-1) tossed a scoreless seventh to earn the win.
surrendered the grand slam to Cano, though (2-4) suffered the loss after issuing two walks in the beginning of the frame.
went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer for the Angels.
The late fireworks belied the game's measured start, which featured an early duel between startersand .
Each pitcher allowed just two runs. The Yankees' Colon lasted six frames and surrendered five hits to his former team, while Chatwood gave up eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The Angels loaded the bases with two down in the second, but Colon gotto ground out to escape the threat.
An inning later, Callaspo ripped a one-out double, but again Colon worked out of trouble, sandwiching astrikeout and a popout around a walk.
In the fifth, Colon finally gave way.reached with a one-out single and Callaspo followed with a blast into the second deck in right.
Like Los Angeles, the Yankees were denied early before eventually breaking through.
With one down in the third,doubled and Jeter, who was the designated hitter Thursday, followed with a single to place runners at the corners. However, Granderson grounded into a 3-6-1 double play.
Granderson made amends in the sixth, following a Jeter single with a game- tying shot to right.
Later in the frame, a Teixeira single and awalk chased Chatwood. Hisanori Takahashi entered and struck out before Rodney put down on strikes.
Rodney remained in the game to begin the home seventh and issued walks toand Jeter. With one down, Downs spelled Rodney and promptly struck out Granderson. Teixeira then tapped a soft grounder toward Izturis, who bobbled the ball, allowing the Yankees to load the bases.
Cano capitalized emphatically, ripping an 0-1 sinker off the base of the second deck in right.
"That extra out cost them the game," said Girardi. "They don't make many mistakes. Cano really took advantage."
struck out to begin the ninth, but allowed an Izturis single and a double before giving way to Rivera. The pinch- hitting Branyan greeted the closer with his second homer of the season, but Aybar grounded out and Gardner made a nice catch on a sinking liner in foul territory to end the game.
"I've seen [Rivera] have three or four bad days and then run off a long stretch," Girardi commented. "I don't think that all of a sudden [he] has forgotten how to pitch."
With the win, the Yankees increased their lead over the Angels in the AL wild card hunt to eight games...The Yankees now trail idle Boston by one game for first place in the AL East.