ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels lost ace Jered Weaver after just three batters with a lower back injury Monday night, but Mark Trumbo and the Angels' offense helped overcome that adversity in a 9-8 win over the New York Yankees in a wild opener of a three-game series.
Trumbo hit a walk-off home run off Cory Wade to open the ninth inning, the third game-ending hit of Trumbo's career. The Angels earned their seventh consecutive victory.
In his last home start on May 2, Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. However, his start Monday was nearly the exact opposite.
Weaver allowed hits to the first two batters of the game, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez followed with a smash that shortstop Erick Aybar booted, allowing Jeter to score the game's first run. Weaver threw one pitch to cleanup hitter Robinson Cano, a ball, but landed awkwardly in his delivery off the mound.
"As I released the ball, I couldn't bend over. It felt like somebody came up from behind and stabbed me," Weaver said after the game.
After getting checked out by team trainers, Weaver threw one warm-up pitch to catcher Bobby Wilson but grimaced as he delivered the ball and was promptly removed from the game. He threw just 12 pitches.
"It's extremely disappointing," Weaver said. "You get motivated for games like this."
Weaver was stiff and sore after the game, and said the pain stemmed from his right lower back, near the spine. He will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday morning.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes pitched into the sixth inning, but it's hard to say his night was much better than Weaver's. Hughes allowed seven runs on 11 hits, including a fourth-inning solo home run by Angels rookie Mike Trout.
Hughes entered Monday night feeling pretty good about himself, riding a four-start stretch in which he was 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
"You'd like to keep it rolling, for sure," Hughes said. "You'd like to try to string together as many good ones as you can in a row, but after the first inning, I knew it was going to be a battle to keep us in the game. I knew it wasn't going to be a good start. Looking back on it, I still tried to get us as deep as I could go and still give us a chance to win the game.
"Unfortunately, it didn't work out."
The Yankees scored three unearned runs in the top of the first inning, but the Angels struck back with four runs of their own, capped off by a two-run single from Howie Kendrick.
"I love the way we came back in that first inning. That was the turning point for me," said Trumbo, who scored one of the Angels' four runs in the inning. "It showed some fight, and (the Yankees) realized they were going to be in for a battle."
Kendrick and Kendrys Morales each drove in three runs on the night, and the two-run double by Morales in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Angels an 8-5 lead.
Bobby Cassevah relieved Weaver and was able to pitch 3 1/3 innings in emergency duty, allowing one run. However, the Angels bullpen, tasked with having to get 27 outs, eventually faltered.
Given that the Angels used five relievers to throw nine innings, they might need to make a roster move to add a pitcher regardless of Weaver's status.
"We're going to look at a couple of things tonight and tomorrow, and see what we need. We had a lot of innings out of our 'pen tonight," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We have some arms down (in the minors) that we'll consider."
Yankees catcher Russell Martin, who entered Monday hitting just .177 with nine extra-base hits in 39 games, delivered a two-out, two-run double off Jason Isringhausen in the top of the seventh that tied the score at 8-8.
Jordan Walden pitched two scoreless innings, and he earned his second win of the season thanks to Trumbo's blast off Wade.
"It's tough for it to end like that ... a changeup I hung over the plate," Wade said, according to Newsday. "It was a pretty bad pitch. If I throw that pitch 10 times, he hits it out 10 times. He beat me. There's no other way to put it."
NOTES: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who went 2-for-2 with a home run and three walks, is hitting .480 (12-for-25) with four home runs in seven games since returning to the starting lineup after missing time due to a bronchial issue. ... Granderson hit his team-leading 15th homer in the second inning. ... The four runs scored by the Angels in the first inning Monday night were a season high for the first inning. ... Outfielder Torii Hunter worked out with the Angels before the game, and he could be activated from the restricted list for Tuesday's game. Hunter had been away from the team for two weeks following the arrest of one of his sons in connection with a sexual-assault investigation at a Dallas-area high school. "I think he's ready to come back and play baseball," Scioscia said.