ANAHEIM, Calif. — Aaron Decide took one other step towards historical past on Tuesday, hitting his 51st homer of the season.
And in contrast to his residence run on Monday, this one helped spark a much-needed win, because the Yankees snapped a three-game dropping streak with a 7-4 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium to protect their seven-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay within the AL East.
However the information wasn’t all good for the Yankees, with Jameson Taillon leaving the sport after two innings after getting hit with a line drive close to his proper wrist — though X-rays have been destructive and he was recognized with a proper wrist contusion.
Greg Weissert took over for Taillon to start out the third and delivered one other standout efficiency out of the bullpen, tossing two scoreless innings to choose up his first main league win. He was the primary of six relievers who mixed to permit simply two runs in seven innings.
The Angels scored a run within the backside of the ninth off Wandy Peralta, as Shohei Ohtani doubled and scored on Taylor Ward’s RBI single earlier than pinch-hitter Matt Duffy lined to middle to finish it.
And the Yankees’ offense, which had been held to 3 runs or fewer of their earlier 4 video games, homered thrice within the first 4 innings — all in opposition to right-hander Mike Mayers.
Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer with one out within the prime of the primary and Anthony Rizzo led off the second together with his thirtieth residence run of the season — his second in as many video games.
However Taillon gave up the lead within the backside of the inning.
With two outs, former Yankee Mike Ford singled and Max Stassi adopted with a blast to right-center to even the sport at 2-2.
It was the sixth straight begin during which Taillon had allowed a homer.
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs within the third with a leadoff stroll by DJ LeMahieu, a one-out single by Decide and a two-out stroll to Rizzo.
Josh Donaldson then hit a routine grounder to the left facet of the infield, the place third baseman Luis Rengifo reduce off shortstop Andrew Velazquez to area the ball after which threw wildly to first to permit LeMahieu and Decide to attain for a 4-2 Yankees lead.
The guests threatened once more within the fourth with back-to-back two-out singles from LeMahieu and Benintendi earlier than Decide went deep on a 1-2 pitch.
Decide hit third for simply the sixth time this season, as Aaron Boone mentioned he wished to “change the lineup … to attempt to discover a mixture that unlocks us a bit bit and offers us an opportunity to attain some factors.”
Lucas Luetge changed Weissert to start out the fourth and gave up a house run to Ford, the primary baseman’s second in as many nights in opposition to his former workforce.
However Lou Trivino and Ron Marinaccio pitched scoreless innings and the offense did sufficient for a Yankee workforce that entered 8-17 in its earlier 25 video games.
“I don’t really feel we’re as far off because it appears with the struggles we’ve had,” Boone mentioned earlier than the sport. “We’ve had a whole lot of shut video games. I feel we’ve all of the items to be a terrific membership. We’ve received to get there. A variety of groups are able to being nice. We’ve received to go do it.”
For Decide, he now has 31 video games to hit 10 homers to tie Roger Maris’ American League and franchise document of 61 set in 1961.
He additionally leads the majors with 113 RBIs and had a pair of singles within the win.