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Yankees 9, Angels 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees played nine innings Wednesday at Angel Stadium, but on this night, one inning would have been enough.

The Yankees scored five runs in the top of the first inning and were never threatened the rest of the way, cruising to a 9-2 victory and taking two of three in the series.

Many in the sellout crowd came to see Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter play his final game in Anaheim, and they didn't leave disappointed. Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season, had two hits, including a home run in the second inning off Angels left-hander Hector Santiago that gave New York a 6-0 lead.

Jeter also was in the middle of what was a messy first inning for the Angels.

After a walk by Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop Derek Jeter hit a routine flyball to right-center. Both center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Collin Cowgill converged, then collided, the ball falling to the ground for an error (charged to Cowgill).

First baseman Mark Teixeira had the big hit of the inning with a two-run double. By the time the inning was over, the Yankees scored five runs on three hits and two walks, and they got help from the Angels defense, which committed two errors.

It was more than enough offensive support for Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno, who gave up one run on four hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season and second of his career.

Between a two-out walk in the second inning to third baseman John McDonald and a leadoff double in the seventh inning by designated hitter C.J. Cron, Nuno (1-0) retired 13 Angels hitters in a row.

For Santiago (0-6), the first inning was too much to overcome. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks.

Jeter hit his first home run of the season in the second inning to increase the Yankees' lead to 6-0 before the Angels pushed across a run in the bottom of the second.

Ellsbury, Jeter, third baseman Yangervis Solarte, left fielder Brett Gardner and catcher John Ryan Murphy each collected two hits for New York.

Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron went 3-for-4.

NOTES: The Angels honored Yankees SS Derek Jeter before the game, Jeter's final contest in Anaheim. The 39-year-old veteran will retire at the end of the season. Angels CF Mike Trout, 1B Albert Pujols, RHP Jered Weaver and 2B Howie Kendrick presented Jeter with a standup paddleboard with the Yankees' logo on it. ... Yankees DH Alfonso Soriano needs two hits to become the seventh player in major league history with at least 1,000 career hits in both leagues. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Wednesday, and he was the only New York starter to finish with no runs and no RBIs.
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