Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – A bases-loaded sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis sent the Angels to a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Los Angeles, which has won 11 of its last 13 at Angel Stadium, remained 2 1/2 games behind Texas for first place in the AL West. The Rangers won at home against Oakland Friday night.
Alberto Callaspo legged out an infield single on a grounder to the left side off Aaron Laffey (2-2) and was pinch-run for by Jeremy Moore. Vernon Wells singled to left off Luis Ayala. Brett Gardner was playing deep, giving the speedy Moore a chance to race to third. After Wells took second base, Peter Bourjos was brushed with a pitch on his jersey to load the bases. Izturis then lifted a fly ball to center and the Angels won without a play at the plate.
“I think there was more pressure on him (Ayala) than me with the bases loaded and no outs,” Izturis said. “I just tried to put a good swing on it. It was a fastball right down the middle.”
Jesus Montero continued his power surge with a home run, giving him three in his first six major league games, but the Yankees lost their third straight game. Despite the setback, they remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East, as Boston lost to Tampa Bay earlier Friday.
Jered Weaver was spectacular for the Angels, allowing three hits and compiling 11 strikeouts over eight innings. Jordan Walden (5-3) walked Alex Rodriguez with one out in the ninth, but pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez was caught stealing on a pitch-out, helping the Angels to their fifth victory in six games.
“I felt great. Jeff (Mathis) and I were on the same page all night and the defense made some great plays behind me,” Weaver said. “Everybody came up big tonight. I’m glad we were able to come out on top.”
Montero homered to left field to start the third, but Weaver was awesome in the late going. After walking Andruw Jones to start the fifth, he retired 11 straight batters leading to Derek Jeter’s base hit in the eighth.
The Angels tied it in the fifth when Howie Kendrick broke an 0-for-18 slump vs. the Yankees with a line single to right that scored Bourjos.
Bartolo Colon scattered six hits over seven innings in the start for the Yankees.
“We’re not swinging the bats as well as we can,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We ran into a good pitcher tonight. He can throw strikes anytime he wants.”