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Five-run inning helps Yankees salvage series finale in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The New York Yankees got home runs from Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano in a five-run third inning, and they were able to salvage a game against the Los Angeles Angels, winning the finale of the three-game series 6-5 Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

Raul Ibanez tripled off relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi with one out in the sixth inning, and Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly scored Ibanez with what proved to be the winning run. Swisher drove in one run in all three games of the series.

The Angels put the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Yankees closer Rafael Soriano was able to get red-hot Mark Trumbo to fly out to end the game and record his sixth save of the season. Trumbo was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, and he went 8-for-13 with three home runs, six RBI and five runs during the three-game series.

"It's the difference in the game what our bullpen did," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Nice job by everybody."

Cory Wade, who on Monday allowed a walk-off home run to Trumbo, retired all four batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, including three by strikeout, to provide a bridge to Soriano in the ninth.

"That's the advantage of being a reliever, you don't have to wait five days to get back out there," Wade said. "You can bounce back right away."

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (6-2) allowed five runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, the fifth time in his last seven starts he has allowed five or more runs. However, he picked up the win.

"He left some pitches up that they hit, but I thought he ended on a good note and got us into the seventh inning," Girardi said.

Russell Martin and Derek Jeter opened the third inning with singles, and they scored on Granderson's team-leading 16th home run of the season. The blast into the right field seats was Granderson's first three-run homer of the season.

Cano followed two batters later with a two-run home run, the fourth homer for Cano in his past eight games.

Both home runs came off Angels starter Ervin Santana, who took a no-decision after allowing five runs in five innings.

"I think tonight he let some counts get away from him and had to work his way back," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That group of guys on the other team, that's what they make you do if you're not going after them."

Trumbo, who drove home the Angels' first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, connected off Nova for a two-run, opposite-field homer in the fourth inning to pull the Angels to within 5-3. It marked the fourth consecutive game with a home run for Trumbo, just one shy of the franchise record set by Bobby Bonds from Aug. 2-7, 1977.

Mike Trout, who scored in the first inning after getting hit by a pitch to lead off the game, tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run double, his third extra-base hit of the series.

Garrett Richards, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday and is expected to start for the Angels either Monday or Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his first major league outing of the season.

NOTES: Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, was given Wednesday off after two days of playing catch. Girardi said Robertson would play catch Thursday and Friday, then throw off a mound Saturday at the Yankees' training complex in Tampa. ... Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, sidelined since April 18 with a right elbow strain, did tee and light-toss drills Wednesday and will do so again Thursday. He is getting closer to taking batting practice. ... Right-hander Dan Haren most likely will start the Angels' series finale against the Rangers on Sunday, on regular rest. Scioscia had hoped to use Thursday's off day to give his starters an extra rest day, but the lower back injury to Jered Weaver forced a rotation shuffle. ... Before Trumbo, the last Angel to homer in four consecutive games was Rex Hudler, from May 19-22, 1996. ... Former Angels pitcher Jim Abbott, who won 54 games in six years with the Halos, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game.
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