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Green solid again, but Pujols and Angels beat Yanks 2-0

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Chad Green limited the Angels to one run and five hits in six innings, but Albert Pujols had three hits and scored twice to lead Los Angeles over the Yankees 2-0.

And Jacoby Ellsbury’s leaping catch over the center-field wall turned a two-run homer into an inning-ending out, just like left fielder Brett Gardner’s catch-of-the-season grab the night before.

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro can’t reach a ball hit for a single by Los Angele … “I was just trying to throw strikes”.

For a long time, it seemed like this game would end in an even more aggravating 1-0 score.

“It’s really important because it’s a team that we’re chasing”, Joe Girardi said.

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, throws to second baseman Cliff Pennington in attempt to throw out New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius at second after fielding a ball hit for a single by Starlin Castro during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.

The Angels did get an insurance run in the eighth off reliever Adam Warren, who allowed three two-out hits in a row, the last an RBI single by Andrelton Simmons. “But he still found a way to get through it all and give up one run”. Aggressive base-running by allowed him to score from second base on Simmons’ first single. Emphasis on tiny. A win is a win, though, and unexpectedly, this one came from scoreless innings from Jhoulys Chacin, Deolis Guerra, J.C. Ramirez and Fernando Salas. Albert Pujols prevented the Angels from being shut out for a second straight night by leading off the ninth inning with his 583rd career home run, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time list – three behind Frank Robinson for ninth.TV: 3:35 p.m. ET, YES (New York), FSN West (Los Angeles) PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Chad Green (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. Angels RH Jhoulys Chacin (3-8, 5.92) Green is coming off a superb performance against Toronto on Monday in which he allowed only two hits and struck out 11 in six scoreless innings.

“Something that’s lost in everything is Albert going first to third in the eighth inning, ” Scioscia said.

Fourth inning: Bases loaded, two outs for Teixiera. The Angels placed 3B Yunel Escobar on the seven-day concussion list and designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment while activating 1B C.J. Cron from the 15-day disabled list and recalling INF Kaleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake.2. But Ramirez struck out Gregorius and induced Castro to ground out.NOTES: Saturday night’s start by 24-year-old Yankees RHP Luis Cessa marked the first time since 2011 that four Yankees pitchers younger than 25 made starts in one season.

Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-10) will pitch on an extra day of rest Monday when the Yankees open a series at Seattle, his former team. Pineda pitched five scoreless innings against Toronto in his last outing and has won five of his last six starts.

This version has been corrected to show the Yankees entered Sunday at 63-59 and to fix the spelling of Didi Gregorius.

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