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Angels end Bronx skid; Yanks drop 7th straight

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NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.

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"We talked about us needing to swing the bats better, especially coming in here and going against that club with their bullpen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You want to get some early runs, and we were able to do that. But as big as those early runs were, the seventh inning was huge for us, with Cam [homering] and getting a little bit of a buffer."

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Maybin's blast on Clippard's second pitch came minutes after Gary Sanchez tied the game with a solo homer off reliever Blake Parker. Maybin finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. The 30-year-old outfielder has been a key offensive catalyst for the Angels since moving to the leadoff spot, batting .400 (36-for-90) in 22 games atop the lineup.

Video: LAA@NYY: Sanchez belts an opposite-field solo homer

"I'm extremely happy with Maybin," Escobar said. "Even before he took over the leadoff spot, I was telling him that he was the leader of this team."

• Scioscia: Bullpen 'terrific' in win

Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 24th homer earlier in the contest off rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell, who permitted two runs and two hits over five innings in his second big league start. Bridwell walked five and struck out three in a 95-pitch effort.

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda struggled with his fastball command but managed to complete 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) and seven hits. Albert Pujols had two hits, including a run-scoring single, while Danny Espinosa and Kole Calhoun had RBI hits in the second inning to help the Angels take advantage of an error by first baseman Chris Carter.

Video: LAA@NYY: Espinosa laces an RBI double to right-center

"It's tough for everybody, but the only thing you can do is keep working and keep your head up," Pineda said.

New York's seven-game slide is their longest since April 2007. The loss placed the Yankees out of first place in the American League East for the first time since May 20.

"I don't think the first 60 games were an accident," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We played pretty well during those games. Every team goes through their down periods. I like that club in there, I've liked it from the beginning, and I still do."

Video: LAA@NYY: Girardi discusses bullpen, loss to Angels

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Opening the door: Eric Young Jr.'s second-inning ground ball appeared to be a routine play for Carter, but it skipped under the first baseman's glove and into right field for a two-base error that helped the Angels pad their early lead. After a groundout, Espinosa laced a run-scoring double up the gap in right-center field, and Calhoun delivered a two-out RBI single to left that brought pitching coach Larry Rothschild out for a visit. It was Carter's third error.

Video: LAA@NYY: Calhoun lines an RBI single to center field

Strike right back: The Yankees never led, and Maybin made sure it stayed that way with his wall-scraping home run off Clippard in the seventh, his fifth roundtripper of the season. Maybin, who also added an RBI single in the eighth, has multiple hits in each of his last three games. Maybin, Calhoun (double), Pujols (flyout) and Escobar (RBI triple) all struck the ball well off Clippard, who has allowed six earned runs in 6 2/3 June innings (8.10 ERA).

Video: LAA@NYY: Escobar hammers an RBI triple to left field

"It's super frustrating," Clippard said. "It's not fun. It's up to all of us in here to pick ourselves up and get it right. It's a long season."

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The Angels are 12-0 on Tuesdays this season. Since 1900, only the 1997 Orioles (16-0) have had a better start to a season on Tuesdays.

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WHAT'S NEXT
Angels: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (2-8, 5.01 ERA) will take the mound for the Angels on Wednesday in the middle game of the three-game series at 4:05 p.m. PT at Yankee Stadium. Nolasco is 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.

Yankees: Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 3.78 ERA) will try to halt the Yankees' skid on Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m. ET as he makes his 13th start of the season. Montgomery took a no-decision in his last outing, on June 15 at Oakland, and he will be facing the Angels for the first time in his career.

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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.