June 21, 2017
Didi Gregorius and Matt Holiday each hit home runs, as the Yankees beat the Angels 8-4 on Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees snapped a 7-game losing skid.
Angel starter Ricky Nolasco was roughed up again, falling to 2-9 on the season. Nolasco went 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including two home runs.
After the Angels fell behind 2-0, Martin Maldonado tied the game with a 2-run shot in the 2nd inning, with Andrelton Simmons aboard. That came off of Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery.
Montgomery improved to 5-4 on the season, giving up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Maldonado tacked on another meaningless two-run homer in the 9th inning, pulling the Halos within 8-4, but that’s as close as they would come.
After Holiday’s home run gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead, New York would add two more runs in the sixth, and two more in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
Angels reliever Mike Morin came out of the bullpen to pitch 1 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on five hits during that stretch.
The Angels and Yankees will do it again on Thursday, in the rubber game of the three-game set. Jesse Chavez (5-7, 4.85 ERA) is on the hill for the Halos. Luis Severino (5-2, 2.99 ERA) goes for New York.