Yankees 6, Angels 5

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NEW YORK -- C.J. Wilson opened the season's second half by limiting the New York Yankees' powerful offense to two runs in the first seven innings Friday night.

So the Yankees just beat up on the Los Angeles Angels' bullpen, rallying for four runs in the eighth in a 6-5 win at Yankee Stadium.

Mark Teixeira drove in five runs on two homers, including a game-tying, three-run shot in the eighth, and Russell Martin singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth. Martin also threw out three runners on the bases.

Martin capped his big night by throwing out Howie Kendrick to end the game after Kendrick tried to advance when a pitch got away.

Teixeira's second home run, near the left field foul pole, tied the game 5-5 in the eighth off reliever Scott Downs, who started the inning in place of Wilson.

The homer drove in Derek Jeter, who had hit a leadoff double, and Curtis Granderson, who had walked.

After Downs (1-1) recovered to retire the next two batters, he walked Nick Swisher, and was relieved by righty Kevin Jepsen. Pinch runner Dewayne Wise stole second, and Jepsen intentionally walked pinch hitter Raul Ibanez.

Martin, who entered the game hitting .179, then singled down the right field line to score Wise for a 6-5 lead.

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save of the season, with help from Martin after Kendrick singled with one out. With two outs, Martin tracked down a ball in the dirt a few feet from home plate and threw out Kendrick before pumping his fist.

Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar homered for the Angels. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had two hits apiece.

Wilson allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and throwing 101 pitches.

Chad Qualls (2-1) got the win by recording two outs in relief of Hiroki Kuroda, who gave up five runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Up 4-2 in the eighth, the Angels added a run to chase Kuroda, when Pujols doubled in Trout, who led off the inning with a double.

Qualls got the final two outs, including a leaping catch by Swisher in front of the scoreboard in right-center to end the inning.

Trailing 2-1 after Kuroda scattered three hits in the first six innings and Martin threw out a pair of would-be base stealers, the Angels took the lead in the seventh.

Pujols singled to start the inning. After Kuroda hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch, Trumbo smacked his 23rd homer of the season on a 1-1 pitch for a 4-2 lead.

Granderson led off the sixth with a triple, as the ball bounced past diving center fielder Trout. But it would end up being the first of two straight innings in which the Yankees couldn't get a runner home from third with one out or less.

Wilson got Teixeira on a grounder to third, then Alex Rodriguez with a grounder to short with the infield in. Robinson Cano then hit a soft liner to short.

In the bottom of the seventh, Swisher led off with a double and moved to third on Andruw Jones' fly to right, but Martin grounded out and Jayson Nix struck out to end the inning.

Teixeira got the Yankees on the board with his 16th home run of the season in the third inning, giving New York a 2-1 lead. The two-out, two-run shot also scored Jeter, who had singled. The run was the 1,817th of Jeter's career, pushing him past Boston's Carl Yastrzemski for sole possession of 16th place on the majors' all-time list.

Aybar's solo shot to right in the third gave the Angels a 1-0 lead right after Teixeira stole a hit from Howie Kendrick at first base. Teixeira dived to his right to snag a ball that seemed set to go through the hole, then threw to Kuroda for the out.

NOTES: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (strained groin) is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start Tuesday. He reported no setbacks after throwing a simulated game Friday. ... New York left-hander Andy Pettitte (fractured ankle) rejoined the team Friday and threw off flat ground. He said he would stay with the team and wanted to travel with his teammates while rehabbing. He's expected back by Sept. 1. ... Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome signed a minor league deal with the Yankees and will be assigned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.). He hit .171 with four RBI in 24 games for the Chicago White Sox before getting released late last month. ... The Yankees signed their first-round draft choice, right-hander Ty Hensley. ... Angels right-hander Dan Haren (back stiffness) is scheduled to throw a second bullpen session Saturday, according to the Angels. Haren also threw in the bullpen Thursday. Haren, on the DL since July 4, could make a minor league rehab start Tuesday and return July 22.
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