New York Yankees come back to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5 at Yankee Stadium in the first game of this weekend series. Since May 22 these two teams have had the best records in baseball and tonight they did not disappoint.
Mark Teixeira was the hitting star for New York with a two run jack in the third and a three run bomb in the eighth recording five RBIs. Russell Martin, who is batting .171 on the season, got the huge two out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yankees the 6-5 lead.
The Angels started the scoring in the top of the third with a home run by Erick Aybar. New York would take the 2-1 lead Teixeira's first homer in the bottom of the inning.
The Yankees Hiroki Kuroda and Angels CJ Wilson were in a pitching duel till the seventh when Kuroda would give up a single to Albert Pujols and hit Kendry Morales to put runners on first and second with no outs. Mark Trumbo would hit a three run homer to give the Angels the 4-2 lead. Pujols RBI double would extend the Angels lead to 5-2.
Teixeira's second homer of the night would tie the score and New York would take the lead for good on Martin's game winning RBI.
Martin also had a great game defensively throwing out two runners including Howie Kendrick trying to steal second for the final out of the game. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 21st save of the season.
Chad Qualls, who relieved Kuroda in the eighth, would get his first win as a Yankee. Kuroda's final line was 7 1/3 innings five runs on eight hits one walk and six strikeouts in the no decision.
Derek Jeter was 2-4 on the night raising his average to .310. The Yankees defense wasn't just limited to Martin, but Nick Swisher made a leaping catch in the eighth to rob Trumbo of his second homer of the game and Teixeira made a nice stab on Kendrick in the third.
Tomorrow afternoon's starters will be RHP Freddy Garcia for the Yankees and RHP Jerome Williams on the hill for the Angels.
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