Yanks Bury Angels With Late Hrs

Yanks bury Angels with late HRsIdeally, Carlos Beltran says, the New York Yankees want to string good at-bats and bunch together some runs.
“The plan isn’t to go out and hit homers. It’s a terrible plan,” he said, adding, “but tonight it worked out for us.”

Beltran hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning after Brian McCann and Starlin Castro launched back-to-back shots in the seventh, rallying the Yankees past the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Monday night.

“There’s power in this offense,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They can do it, and do it quickly.”

The Yankees returned from a 4-6 road trip by beating the Angels for the sixth straight time at home.

Beltran was the first batter Jose Alvarez faced after relieving starter Matt Shoemaker. Two-out singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner prompted the Angels to go to their bullpen.

Turned around to the right side, the switch-hitting Beltran went the opposite way for his team-leading 14th homer.

“We were feeling good the whole night. That one inning, a couple of homers,” Angels star Mike Trout said.

Andrew Miller (3-0) struck out Kole Calhoun, Trout and Albert Pujols in order in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman, who blew a save chance for the first time this season Sunday in Baltimore, quickly returned to form and pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Shoemaker (3-7) blanked the Yankees on four hits and hadn’t even gone to a three-ball count until the sudden power surge in the seventh.

McCann hooked a long drive just foul on a 3-2 pitch, then hit the next delivery into the second deck.

Two pitches later, Castro connected for the Yankees’ fourth set of consecutive home runs this season.

Shoemaker stuck out six, and has fanned 39 without a walk in five starts.

“There’s no doubt, he was dominating us,” Beltran said.

Pujols blooped an RBI single in the first against Masahiro Tanaka. Calhoun added a sacrifice fly in the third for a 2-0 lead.

Both the Angels and Yankees began the day 26-30. For teams often in the playoffs, this was the latest they’d met in a season with below-.500 records since August 1992.

The Yankees played at home for the first time since the death of Muhammad Ali. They held a pregame moment of silence for the boxing great, who beat Ken Norton at the old Yankee Stadium in 1976.