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Yanks blast past Angels for 3rd straight win

June 8, 2016

NEW YORK -- Chris Parmelee marked his first start in pinstripes with a pair of home runs and Carlos Beltran cleared the fences for the third straight game, helping to lead the Yankees to a 12-6 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.Called up this week to

NEW YORK -- Chris Parmelee marked his first start in pinstripes with a pair of home runs and Carlos Beltran cleared the fences for the third straight game, helping to lead the Yankees to a 12-6 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Called up this week to replace the injured Mark Teixeira, Parmelee hooked a solo blast inside the right-field foul pole to begin a four-run sixth inning -- during which Beltran hit a go-ahead double against right-hander Jered Weaver. Parmelee then homered again in the seventh facing Greg Mahle.
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"I just put the good part of the bat on the ball," Parmelee said. "As you know, Yankee Stadium is pretty friendly down that line. Anything can happen if you put the ball in the air here."

Along with Beltran's 16th homer, which he hit in the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury also went deep and scored three runs, while Anthony Swarzak picked up the victory in relief in his Yankees debut. Weaver took the loss, surrendering six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees overcame a rough start by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I think when you're scoring runs, it's contagious," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Guys are swinging the bat, everyone is contributing, and we needed them tonight because Nate struggled a little bit with his stuff tonight. His stuff was not as sharp again. He'll bounce back, I'm not worried about that, but we needed some runs tonight."
Gregorio Petit, Jefry Marte and Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who have lost eight straight games in the Bronx.

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Parmelee made a great impression on the home crowd. Before his homers, he knocked a fourth-inning double for his first Yankees hit, scoring on Brett Gardner's RBI single. Maybe it's something about a new uniform? Parmelee also homered twice in his first game for the Orioles last June 16 at Philadelphia.

"I'm sure he's really excited," Girardi said. "We've seen him before. We've seen him hit home runs against us. Andy Pettitte was talking about how he hit one in the basket in Minnesota against him. He's been a good player. We were pleased. We thought he had a really good Spring Training and knew that at some point he could probably help us." More >

Excuse me: The Angels were about to escape the fourth inning unscathed when Ellsbury lined out to right field. But home-plate umpire Clint Fagan called catcher's interference on Carlos Perez, putting two on with two out for Gardner to follow with his RBI single. Ellsbury, who has a late swing, has now provoked catcher's interference 20 times throughout his career. Only Pete Rose (29) has produced more. Ellsbury has been in the middle of six of the 19 catcher's interference calls this season.

"Any time you think you have an out and the runner gets on base, it's a change in momentum," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But maybe if he doesn't touch his glove, he hits the ball out of the park. Who knows? We're not going to go back and erase something. It's just something that happens." 

Duo doing its part: The top of the Yanks' lineup sparked from the beginning, as Ellsbury doubled and scored on Gardner's two-base hit in the first inning. Ellsbury homered in the third inning before the two combined again in the fourth. Since 2015, the Yankees have a 33-5 record when Ellsbury and Gardner each score at least one run.

"That's our job," Gardner said. "I say all the time that those guys in the middle of the lineup enjoy hitting with guys on base, and me and Jacoby, we take a lot of pride in what we do. That's our job up at the top, get on base any way that we can and try and score and put up some crooked numbers."
More like 'blow' 'pen: The game was still tied when Weaver departed in the sixth, with one on and one out and both teams deadlocked at 5. But Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian and Mahle combined to give up six runs (four earned) on six hits (two of them homers) while recording only four outs. The Yankees wound up with four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to settle the outcome. The Angels' bullpen has a 6.35 ERA over the last eight games.
"Right now, we're kind of in a flux down there," Scioscia said of his bullpen. "Those guys coming in just aren't doing what they're capable of doing, and hopefully it's going to turn."

Weaver now has an 8.92 ERA in six career starts at the current incarnation of Yankee Stadium, a place that does not play favorably to a pitcher with extreme fly-ball tendencies. Weaver has given up 36 runs on 49 hits (12 of them homers) in 36 1/3 career innings here. It is the highest ERA for a pitcher with at least 30 innings in this place, which opened in 2009.
"Obviously I haven't fared too well in this stadium over the years, but I don't think you can really change anything," Weaver said. "You still have to pitch the way you pitch, and hopefully they mis-hit them enough that they don't go out. But that wasn't the case tonight. A couple of things didn't go my way, and they got their fair share of hits. Nothing I can do." More >

Angels: Righty Jhoulys Chacin starts Thursday's 4:05 p.m. PT finale, hoping to keep his team from a four-game sweep. Chacin (2-3, 4.50 ERA) had his last start moved up a day and struggled with his command at PNC Park on Saturday, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings.
Yankees: Right-hander Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.41) will take the ball at 7:05 p.m. ET. Nova is coming off his fourth win of the season on Saturday at Baltimore, though he registered season highs in runs (five), home runs (two) and walks (two).
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.