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Yankees 8, Angels 2: Quick start, Warren's outing help push Yankees

A solid 6.2 innings from Adam Warren, as well as a 6-run first inning pushed the Yankees to their fifth straight victory, as they look to get back-to-back sweeps.

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After a bullpen meltdown the night before, the Yankees beat the Angels 8-2, thanks in large part to a solid outing by Adam Warren. The game got off to an interesting start, as Garrett Richards had loaded the bases with no outs. Mark Teixeira came up and hit a sac fly, scoring Brett Gardner and moving Chase Headley to third. The next batter was Brian McCann, and on the second pitch of the at-bat, Richards threw a wild pitch, scoring Headley, and giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then, McCann took one deep over the right field porch, making it a commanding 4-0 lead for the Yankees. Many shenanigans later, such as a poor throwing choice by Albert Pujols to try and get Didi Gregorius to no avail, the bases were juiced for Gardner with two outs, and he delivered a two-run single, making it 6-0, and that was the end of Richards' night, who gave up five hits and six ER in 0.2 IP (ouch). Cesar Ramos came in for the Angels, and he gets the out without allowing any more damage (boo Yankees you guys stink). Ramos lasted for 20 pitches, and then Hector Santiago was brought in in the second, and he gave up an RBI single for Carlos Beltran, making it 7-0.

That was all the Yankees offense could muster, as Santiago was able to keep the Yankees in check from then on, as he made it through the fourth inning before being pulled for Jose Alvarez in the bottom of the sixth. The Angels bullpen was solid from there, at least until the eighth inning.

The Yankees were able to put runners on the corners with no outs as Cam Bedrosian faced off against Headley, but he went down on strikes to bring up Alex Rodriguez with one out, who would walk to bring up Teixeira with the bases loaded. Teixeira walked to make the lead 8-2 as McCann took the plate. McCann flied to shallow left, not deep enough to drive in a run. Chris Young, who pinch hit for Beltran, came up and grounded out to end the Yankees' threat. A 40-pitch inning for Bedrosian, but the damage was limited to just one run.

On the mound for the Yankees, Warren was cruising, pitching perfect through three innings. Then, he had some trouble in the fourth, having to deal with the bases loaded and only one out. Thankfully, however, Warren was able to get David Freese to ground into an inning-ending double play. Fast forward to the top of the sixth, where things started to unravel a bit. Mike Trout leads off for Angels, and hits one over the right field fence to make the score 7-2. After getting two outs, Warren allows a double down the line for Freese, but all was well again when Matt Joyce flied out to left field. Warren came back out for the seventh inning, able to get C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez, before walking Johnny Giavotella. After the walk, and a career-high 105 pitches, Justin Wilson came in relief for Warren. His final line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 2 K. A very strong outing for a guy who had been in rumors to move into relief not long ago.

Wilson made it through 1.1 IP, allowing just 1 hit before turning things over to Chris Capuano in the bottom of the ninth (hang on to your butts, folks). Capuano struck out pinch-hitter Chris Ianetta, got Cron to fly out to center field, and Perez to strike out to end the game. A 20-pitch inning for Capuano, and he gets it done for the Yankees. Warren moves to 4-4, as Richards, who couldn't make it out of the first, falls to 5-4.

The Yankees will put CC Sabathia on the mound tomorrow against C.J. Wilson, as the Yankees look to sweep the Angels. Sabathia comes off a 2 ER outing in Seattle, as Wilson's recent outing was 5 ER in 6 IP against the Rays. That game will start at 1:05 on YES. Let's go Yankees, make it back-to-back sweeps!