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Recap: Yankees 4, Angels 3

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 26 2014 03:26:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 26 2014 03:26:46 PM CDT

Yankees 4, Angels 3: John Ryan Murphy enjoyed the finest game of his young career, smacking his first major-league home run and driving in three runs as New York evened its home series with Los Angeles at a game apiece.The 22-year-old Murphy, who entered the game 6-for-36 with one RBI over the last two seasons, provided the bulk of the Yankees' offense on a day when the team did not receive a great effort from its starting pitcher. Vidal Nuno made his second start of 2014 and lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, five hits and a pair of walks before Dellin Betances (1-0) brought some stability with two scoreless innings.Mike Trout singled, homered and walked twice for the Angels, who also received two hits apiece from Albert Pujols and Chris Iannetta. Los Angeles starter Hector Santiago (0-4) was charged with four runs and six hits over 4 1/3 frames. Shortly after Mark Teixeira scored the tying run on a balk in the second inning, Murphy flared a single into right-center, driving in his first two runs of the season. The Angels scored twice in the fourth, capped by Iannetta's RBI double, but Murphy promptly regained the lead for New York with a leadoff homer off Santiago in the fifth.Los Angeles put two runners on in both the seventh and eighth innings, but Shawn Kelley escaped the seventh and Matt Thornton recorded the final out of the eighth. David Robertson yielded a one-out, ninth-inning single to Trout, who stole second base but was stranded when Pujols flied out and Howie Kendrick went down on strikes.GAME NOTEBOOK: Angels RP Ernesto Frieri, who lost his closer's job on Friday, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, working around a hit batter with two outs in the frame. ... Trout's home run was the league-leading 36th for Los Angeles, extending the team record for home runs before the end of April. ... Yankees LF Brett Gardner had two hits for the second straight day.

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