It's never a good idea to give Robinson Cano the chance to hurt you.
That's exactly what happened Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, where a two-out, seventh-inning error by Angels second baseman Maicer Izturis set the stage for Cano's decisive grand slam off Scott Downs in a 6-5 Yankees win.
The Yankees won despite another shaky outing by Mariano Rivera, who allowed a three-run homer to Russell Branyan that pulled the Angels within a run in the ninth. The closer shut the door after that, however, collecting his 30th save.
The Yankees again won a series in which they dropped the opener as they closed within a game of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. They increased their wild card lead to eight games over the Angels.
New York's other runs came also via the longball. Curtis Granderson's YSIII special into the right-field grandstand tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning. It was Granderson's 32nd of the season, extending a career high.
Brett Gardner's streak of 22 straight stolen bases without being caught came to an end in the eighth inning when the Angels successfully executed a pitchout.