NEW YORK -- Jose Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees' defense, overcoming Aaron Judge's Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin's
NEW YORK -- Jose Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees' defense, overcoming Aaron Judge's Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin's potential double-play ball to set up a four-run Angels seventh. Kole Calhoun lifted a sac fly before Maybin stole second, advancing on an errant throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. Pujols then rifled a Dellin Betances fastball into right field for the go-ahead knock.
"We just continue to come in with that fighter's mentality," Maybin said. "Sometimes you get knocked down, but we don't get knocked out very much."
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The Angels, who climbed back to .500 with a 38-38 mark, finished 4-2 against the Yankees this year, securing the season series for the first time since 2008. The Yankees (39-31) sit just percentage points ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.
New York lost for the eighth time in nine games despite Judge's three-run shot off Jesse Chavez, highlighting a four-run second inning. Luis Severino squandered that 5-1 lead, charged with six runs (five earned) and eight hits over six-plus innings as he lost for the first time since May 1.
"They gave me a good lead. I couldn't hold on to the lead," Severino said. "I was missing a lot of pitches and threw some pitches that were hit pretty hard. That's frustrating."
Maybin hit a leadoff home run, Pujols and Yunel Escobar flared RBI singles in the third inning, and Luis Valbuena added a run-scoring hit in the sixth. Castro and Brett Gardner drove in runs for the Yankees, who were held hitless from the fourth inning until the ninth.
Yusmeiro Petit, Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton and David Hernandez combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief of Chavez. Petit picked up the win after working two spotless frames.
"Those guys have been terrific," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ".500 is nothing to throw a parade about, but I don't think we're even .500 without the job our 'pen has done."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hitter's best friend: The Angels caught a break in the seventh when Maybin's 102.9-mph ground ball scooted past Castro; instead of being on the wrong end of a twin killing, the Angels had runners at the corners and none out.
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"I was watching [Castro] talk to his guys, and he said it took a funny hop on him, so he wasn't able to make the play," Maybin said. "But hey, that's the way the ball bounces sometimes. We'll take it. It was big."
After Chasen Shreve surrendered a game-tying sac fly to Calhoun, Betances entered but couldn't retire Pujols, who finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Not done yet: New York appeared to be in the driver's seat after Judge's 425-foot homer landed on the netting covering Monument Park in the second inning, but Severino proved to be touchable. In the third, Cliff Pennington reached base for the first of three times and scored when Pujols' flare dropped in front of Judge, and Escobar followed with another soft hit that trimmed the Yanks' lead to two runs.
"There were times when [Severino] was really good in certain innings and times where he struggled in different innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I noticed early his fastball was up a little bit tonight. He would seem to get it going, and then he'd lose it again. It was just some inconsistency in him."
Angels: The Angels will head to Boston to open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday at 4:10 p.m. PT at Fenway Park. Right-hander Alex Meyer, who has posted a 1.91 ERA over his last six outings, will start the opener in his first career appearance against the Red Sox.
Yankees:Masahiro Tanaka hopes to turn around his monthlong slump on Friday, facing off against Yu Darvish for the first time in the Majors as the Yanks open a three-game series with the Rangers at 7:05 p.m. ET. Tanaka is 0-6 with an 8.91 ERA in his last seven starts.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.