Hughes gave up back-to-back-to-back singles in the second, as Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera and Maicer Izturis each reached and Napoli score the Halos’ first run of the night. Erick Aybar started the third inning with a ground-rule double and scored on Torii Hunter’s RBI single, tying the game at 2-2.
Los Angeles took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. A single by Rivera was followed by a Izturis homer as the Angels leapt out in front 4-2. A scoreless fifth kept the Pinstripes within striking distance, but Hughes continued to struggle in the sixth inning, when he walked former teammate Hideki Matsui and gave up a two-run shot to Napoli. Joe Girardi had some fireworks of his own in the bottom of the inning, when he got tossed for arguing about a call at first base.
Godzilla would strike again in his old stadium. Hunter worked a walk with two outs and Matsui smacked a homer to right, putting the Angels up 8-2, while the Yankees continued to put up goose eggs on offense. …