Would it happen again? Masahiro Tanaka showed his worst command of his short MLB career, walking four Anaheim players and hitting a guy. He had all of two walks in his previous four games. But Tanaka’s lack of command didn’t come back to hurt him too much.
He struck out 11 and gave up just two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
New York trailed when Tanaka left the game, but the Yankees managed late-inning runs against the Angels.
Mark Teixeira hit a home run – his second of the year – off Anaheim starter Garrett Richards in the seventh to tie it.
But in the next inning, Yankees didn’t need to rely on power. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran both walked in the eighth. Angels catcher Chris Ianetta gave New York a gift when he missed a pitch from Nick Maronde and allowed a passed ball, letting the runners move up to second and third.
Maronde did the Angels in on the next throw – a wild pitch, and the speedy Ellsbury raced home for the go-ahead run.
David Robertson earned his fourth save of the season, striking out Raul Ibanez to end the game and secure the 3-2 win over Anaheim in what turned out to be a fine Sunday night.
New York is off tomorrow before the Seattle Marines, and Robinson Cano, come in Tuesday for a three-game set.
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