Yankees 5, Angels 3

The way Mark Teixeira looks at it, getting booed on the road is

a badge of honor. And the brutal treatment he’s received at Angel

Stadium the past three seasons would serve as the ultimate

compliment to him.

Teixeira homered twice against his former team, Nick Swisher

also went deep and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels

5-3 on Sunday to win the three-game series.

Teixeira called Anaheim home for less than three months during

the 2008 season before bolting for free agency. He gets booed as

loudly at Angel Stadium as Alex Rodriguez does because of the

abrupt way he left to sign an eight-year, $180 million contract

with the Yankees.

”I would expect nothing else,” Teixeira said with a big grin.

”I mean, it’s funny because I’ve answered this question at

probably half the ballparks I play in. When you play well and

you’re a Yankee, you get booed a lot – especially when you don’t

sign with a team after you become a free agent. But I’ve always

said, when I stop getting booed, that means I’m not playing well

anymore and I’m out of the game. So it doesn’t really bother

me.”

Bartolo Colon (3-3) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3

innings as the Yankees concluded a 6-3 road trip and maintained

their one-game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East.

Derek Jeter had a single in five at-bats, moving within 14 hits

of 3,000. The Yankees begin a 10-game homestand Tuesday night

against the Red Sox.

Teixeira increased New York’s lead to 2-0 lead in the third

inning with a two-out solo homer off Joel Pineiro (2-3). He made it

4-2 in the fifth with his 18th of the season and ninth in 16 games,

a towering shot to right after the right-hander walked Curtis

Granderson with two outs.

”I’m just trying to be aggressive. And when I get a pitch to

drive, I try not to miss it,” Teixeira said. ”Sometimes when you

don’t hit home runs, a lot of it is because you’re a little tired

and your bat’s a little slow. But physically, I feel like we’ve had

a lot of off days and I’ve taken care of myself as I always do. And

my bat has felt pretty quick all season.

”I’d still like to get a few more hits because my average isn’t

where I want it,” he added. ”I want to hit .300 every year and I

want to hit 30-plus homers every year. I mean, if my average is in

the low .300s and all I’m doing is hitting home runs, then I’ve got

to start looking at it. But I’m drawing walks and driving in runs,

and that’s what I’m here for. And I’d love to keep this thing

rolling.”

It was the ninth multihomer game by a Yankees player this season

and the 30th of Teixeira’s nine-year career. New York leads the

majors with 88 home runs, including Swisher’s solo shot high off

the right-field pole in the eighth against Kevin Jepsen.

Colon, who won a Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, was

coming off a 5-0 victory last Monday at Oakland – his first shutout

in five seasons.

The 38-year-old right-hander departed after 90 pitches with a

4-3 lead and a runner at second base before David Robertson

finished the sixth, striking out Maicer Izturis with the bases

loaded on his 21st pitch of the inning after a pair of two-out

walks.

”I really didn’t want to walk a couple of guys, but I didn’t

have my best stuff today and I had to work really hard for the

outs,” Robertson said. ”I couldn’t find the strike zone and I

didn’t really have a good feel for my breaking ball, but I wasn’t

going to give in. I was very fortunate to get out of that

situation. It was a big relief, because if he puts that ball in

play or gets a base hit, two or three runs could score and there

goes a win for us.”

Joba Chamberlain fanned Howie Kendrick with two on to end the

seventh, then pitched a hitless eighth. Mariano Rivera got three

outs for his 16th save in 19 chances and the 575th of his career,

26 shy of Trevor Hoffman’s major league record.

Pineiro gave up four runs, nine hits and three walks over 6 2-3

innings and struck out four. He has lost three straight starts,

following a pair of no-decisions.

”I thought I had good stuff,” Pineiro said. ”You limit the

long ball and maybe you have a chance to win. But they’re built off

the long ball, and obviously they did that today. I guess

(Teixeira) was seeing the ball well today. I thought the changeup

was a good pitch, then he went and got the sinker.”

NOTES: Jeter has not struck out in his last 52 plate

appearances, the longest streak of his 17-year career. His previous

best was 49 straight in April 2001. … The Angels are 6 for 36

with the bases loaded. Last season they batted .297 in those

situations (33 for 111). … Hanging on the wall beside the water

cooler and coffee machine in the Yankees’ clubhouse was a photo of

former Angels conditioning coach Jimmie Reese, which visiting

clubhouse manager Bubba Hawkins dug out for this series. Reese, who

died in 1994 at age 92, was a roommate of Babe Ruth’s when they

were Yankees teammates in 1930 and 1931.