Angels swept by Yankees in 4-game series, head home 26-34
NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Angels' trip to Yankee Stadium turned into an experience much like the couple had in ''The Out-of-Towners,'' where pretty much everything went wrong.
Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in a five-run fifth inning, and New York beat the Angels 6-3 Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep.
The Angels were outscored 29-14 in the series and outhit 46-33. After getting swept for the fifth time this season, Los Angeles headed home for Friday's series opener against Cleveland in Anaheim.
''We just were beaten every aspect in this series,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Los Angeles completed a 2-5 trip and dropped to 26-34, matching a season-worst eight games under .500. New York swept a four-game series from the Angels for the first time since July 1994.
''It definitely was a tough trip,'' Mike Trout said. ''The chemistry's there. We're all staying positive. We can't hang our heads now. It's too early in the season.''
Given a 1-0 lead, Jhoulys Chacin (1-2) lost his command in the fifth, especially against left-handed hitters, and wound up allowing five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. A leadoff walk to Didi Gregorius was followed by Chris Parmelee's tying, opposite-field single to left, Beltran's hit, Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly and Brian McCann's RBI double.
''With the game 1-0, you really can't walk the leadoff guy, especially in this place,'' Chacin said. ''The first couple of innings I was keeping the ball down and throwing strikes, and in that inning I just fell behind in the counts and threw the ball up.''
Ten Angels remain on the disabled list, including starting pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and C.J. Wilson. Scioscia was not ready to identify his starting pitcher for Sunday.
''Any meetings we've had in the last month have been along the lines of, `Hey, let's keep pounding. You guys are playing hard, and things will turn,''' Scioscia said.
''I think our whole staff is positive. I think our players our positive. We're just, right now, not winning enough situations on the field, and there's some tangible reasons why, and there's some things that we hope we can do better, and that's what we're going to focus on.''
Ivan Nova (5-3) won his second straight start, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for two-hit relief, with Chapman getting three outs for his 11th save in 12 chances. The Yankees are 8-0 when all three pitch.
Trout put the Angels ahead when he doubled leading off the fourth, stole third base and came home on C.J. Cron's single to left past a drawn-in infield.
Jefry Marte's two-run homer, the first home run by an Angels pinch hitter this year, chased Nova in the seventh and cut the gap to 5-3. Rodriguez added an RBI double in the bottom half off Cory Rasmus, who was activated from the disabled list before the game.
''There's no doubt we put a lot of focus on our rotation and our bullpen for the last month because of some of the guys that are out,'' Scioscia said. ''For a while, they were doing a really good job, and things have definitely unraveled this series.''
Gregorio Petit's one-out single in the third sent Carlos Perez to third base ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury's throw from center, but third base umpire Clint Fagan's call was overturned in a video review.
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The start of the game was delayed about 3 minutes because a replay monitor in the Angels clubhouse was not working.
Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (May 16 left thumb surgery) started an injury rehabilitation assignment Thursday at Triple-A Salt Lake and had two singles, a double and five RBIs in his first four at-bats as a designated hitter. He will spend at least two games there, according to Scioscia.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (3-3, 5.07) traveled home ahead of the team to prepare for the series opener against the Indians and RHP Corey Kluber (5-6, 3.84).