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Pujols, Angels surge late, rally past sloppy Yankees 10-5

Bridwell did work his way around five walks, and bounced back from giving up a solo home run to NY slugger Aaron Judge in the bottom of the fifth inning. Matt Holliday and Didi Gregorius homered while Austin Romine had three hits and two RBIs for the Yankees, who avoided their first eight-game losing streak since 1995. A week ago, NY led the AL East by four games after winning the opener of a West Coast trip.”I can honestly say, this is the most mentally tough team that I’ve ever been on”, Maybin said. “Making those guys frantic”. Severino has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his past seven starts, and 11 of his 13 starts overall this season.Starlin Castro couldn’t field it cleanly. In the eighth, he drew a pickoff throw at first that bounced away, letting another run score.The Angels won this one because the pitchers kept the deficit from getting any bigger, and the hitters managed to string together rallies against Severino and Dellin Betances, the Yankees’ dominant reliever. Maldonado was the only bright spot for the Angels, homering twice and finishing with four RBIs.”Trying to get him a clean inning and it didn’t work”, Girardi said.In no way was the stud reliever exclusively responsible for a brutal 10-5 loss to the Angels at the Stadium, but a sharp Betances certainly would have helped.”I believe we’re much better than what we’ve been playing, but right now we’re going through a hard time like a lot of teams do”.Things got worse from there.Judge walked and scored in the first inning to tie the game 1-1, then hit in the second with a run in, runners on the corners and two down. Before Chris Carter singled with two outs in the ninth, 15 straight had been retired. “MVP!” for the rookie slugger, and extended his streak of safely reaching base to a career-best 24 games.The seventh started innocently enough with Cliff Pennington’s single to right off Severino.Calhoun tied the game with a sacrifice fly.Romine will do the catching while Gary Sanchez moves to DH.”Betances said he realized just before he threw the pitch that, “‘This could be bad, ‘ because Gary looked like he was waiting [for a] curveball and I was throwing fastball”.”I tried to keep it in front of me and I couldn’t do it”, Castro said.Betances later surrendered a two-run double to Andrelton Simmons after walking Yunel Escobar and uncorking a wild pitch. He had gone seven straight starts allowing three or fewer runs.The wild pitch resulted from a cross-up with Sanchez.Then Betances replaced Shreve, and Maybin took advantage of his slow delivery, breaking for second with Albert Pujols at bat. The game tips off at 7:00 PM EST in Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York.Angels: Huston Street was set to be evaluated Wednesday. He’d been out since spring training because of a strained back muscle.The Angels are 11-11 since losing Mike Trout to a thumb injury on May 28.Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday each hit a go-ahead homer, and NY piled on from there to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 and snap a season-high seven-game losing streak. He already had set the Angels’ team record in that dubious department. “They said it would be awesome if I could get a picture with him”, Ebel said”. “Then he found it about the fourth inning and was really pretty good after that”.Angels: RHP Alex Meyer (3-3, 3.52 ERA) starts at Fenway Park on Friday night vs. Rick Porcello (3-9, 5.05) and the Red Sox.