The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday night, 8-2, for their fifth consecutive win and second straight in the series. Everything went right for the Yankees as they scored six runs in the first inning and Adam Warren allowed two runs or less for his fourth consecutive start.
Warren pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He had three walks, two strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 3.75 to 3.64. He started the game pitching very well as he retired the first nine batters that he faced.
“I felt good,” Warren said. “I was mixing pitches well and hitting my spots. The defense as a whole was great tonight.”
Warren has been able to pitch more than six innings in each of his last five starts after not doing so in his previous five. “I’m more comfortable now going deeper into the game,” Warren said. “I feel good about where I am at right now.”
Brian McCann was 2-5 with a home run that drove in Alex Rodriguez in the first inning. McCann now has nine homers and 35 RBIs and could be on his way to playing in the All-Star Game. He added after the game that he was impressed with how Warren pitched and with the quality of his pitches.
“His makeup is off the charts,” McCann said. “He has four quality pitches.”
Besides McCann’s two-run homer in the first, Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Brett Gardner, Chase Headley scored on a wild pitch by Garrett Richards and Gardner singled to right center to score Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius. In the second inning, Beltran single to right center scored Teixeira to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead.
Warren did well pitching with the lead since he didn’t let the Angels score any runs until the fifth inning. He was much better than the Richards, who had a very good 3.26 ERA before the game, since the Angles starter didn’t even make it out of the first inning.
Gregorius, who went 2-4 with a run scored, has his average up to .236 and has four multi-hit games in his last six games. He has improved at the plate compared to earlier in the season.
The Yankees play on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at CC Sabathia will get the start. In his previous start he pitched a solid 5.2 innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out six. He has a 2.57 ERA in his last two starts against the Angels.