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Trumbo's HR in ninth beats Yankees, 9-8

Los Angeles Angels' Mark Trumbo, top right, celebrates

Los Angeles Angels' Mark Trumbo, top right, celebrates his walk off home run with teammates against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (May 28, 2012) Credit: AP

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It is hard to imagine any team having a worse first inning than the Angels did Monday night.

Twelve pitches into his start, ace Jered Weaver left with what the Angels announced as a lower back injury. He was replaced by righthander Bobby Cassevah, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City on Sunday.

But the Yankees still couldn't vanquish the Angels, losing 9-8 on Mark Trumbo's walk-off homer off Cory Wade with none out in the ninth in front of a sellout crowd of 44,016 at Angel Stadium. Trumbo tripled and doubled earlier in the game.

"It's tough for it to end like that . . . a changeup I hung over the plate,'' Wade said. "It was a pretty bad pitch. If I throw that pitch 10 times, he hits it out 10 times. He beat me. There's no other way to put it."

The Angels, who outhit the Yankees 15-10, have won seven straight. The Yankees, who left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and stranded 11 overall, had their winning streak snapped at five.

Trailing 3-0 before they ever came to bat, the Angels took an 8-5 lead in the sixth on Kendrys Morales' two-out, two-run double off David Phelps. But the Yankees tied it in the seventh on Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly and Russell Martin's two-out, two-run double.

Morales and Howie Kendrick had three RBIs each for the Angels. Curtis Granderson hit his 15th homer and Mark Teixeira added his ninth for the Yankees. Teixeira, who was 2-for-2 with three walks, is 10-for-16 with four homers, three doubles and nine RBIs in four games on this road trip.

Phil Hughes, who had allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his previous four starts, pitched about 10 minutes from where he grew up and was dreadful, blowing a 3-0 first-inning lead and giving up seven runs and 11 hits in 51/3 innings.

"He couldn't get his fastball to stay on the first-base side,'' Joe Girardi said. "If he would try to go away from righties, it would come back across. If he would try to go in to lefties, it would come back across. He just didn't really have much command of it . . . It was a struggle all night."

Hughes said of his fastball issues: "It mainly stems from overthrowing and pulling off a little bit. The ball tends to tail back over the middle of the plate when I do that. I tried to make some adjustments after the first inning, but there's only so much you can do after a rough inning like that.''

At least he remained healthy, unlike the Angels' starting pitcher. With a run in, men at first and third, none out and Robinson Cano at the plate in the first inning, Weaver delivered a ball, then injured himself on the next pitch, which was called a strike. After manager Mike Scioscia and medical personnel went out to look at Weaver, he threw a warmup pitch, clearly was still in distress and yelled out loud before going to the clubhouse.

Cassevah struck out Cano before walking Teixeira to load the bases. Raul Ibañez's foul sacrifice fly to leftfield gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Swisher followed with a soft grounder back to Cassevah, who gunned a grounder past Albert Pujols for a throwing error that made it 3-0.

But Hughes coughed up the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Singles by Mike Trout and Pujols put runners at first and third with one out. Morales singled, Trumbo sliced a ground-rule double and Kendrick singled home two runs to make it 4-3.

Said Hughes, "You like to keep it rolling for sure and you'd like to string together as many good ones as you can in a row, but after the first inning, I knew it was going to be a battle."

With one out in the second, Granderson hooked Cassevah's full-count pitch just inside the rightfield foul pole to tie it at 4-4.

In the third, Trumbo sent a drive to right-center, where Granderson and Swisher collided. The ball fell for a triple, and although Granderson hit the wall hard, Swisher took the worst of the blow. Both stayed in the game, and Kendrick's sacrifice fly made it 5-4.

Said Swisher, "Both of us were kind of reaching for the ball at the same time, and just sort of ka-boom. And the next thing you know, I'm laying there on my back."

Girardi said of the collision, "Real concerned. You see one get up and you say, at least one got up, and then the other one gets up and you feel a lot better. It looked like they ran into each other pretty hard. We're real fortunate they both continued to play."

Trout homered to left-center in the fourth for a 6-4 lead, making it 10 straight starts in which Hughes has allowed at least one homer. But Teixeira's homer off lefty Hisanori Takahashi in the fifth cut the deficit to 6-5. Martin's clutch hit finally tied it at 8-8 and took Hughes off the hook.

Said Hughes, "On a night the offense is doing so well and swinging the bats, it's a tough one to swallow."


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