NEW YORK (AP) -Angels manager
knew his team was due to break out. The stats were on his side.
had a more primal explanation for Los Angeles' recent surge.
each hit a three-run homer, and the Angels added to their East Coast romp with a 12-6 win over the
New York Yankees
on Thursday night.
Los Angeles, which came in averaging 6.2 runs per game in July - after just 3.8 in June - scored 22 runs during a three-game
sweep in Boston before opening this four-game set. They tallied 19 runs in taking two of three at Baltimore last weekend.
''If you looked at some of the numbers guys were sitting on as we got into the middle of June, I think it was very apparent
that even their average year would mean a big upswing in the second half of the year,'' Scioscia said.
coasted to his 10th win, and the Angels hit a trio of three-run homers in a game for the first time in 30 years as Los Angeles
improved baseball's best record to 68-40 with its 11th victory in 13 games since the All-Star break.
had four hits for the second consecutive night. Every Los Angeles starter had at least one hit and scored a run as the Angels
amassed 18 hits and stole three bases.
''You got athletes on this team,'' said Hunter, who hit his fifth home run in seven games. ''We're Hyenas. We take advantage
of the weak link. You make a mistake and we're gone.''
The Angels took advantage of a wild
, who constantly fell behind in the count and needed 110 pitches in his 5 1-3 innings throwing to
for the first time.
''You've got to make quality pitches, that's the bottom line,'' Yankees manager
said, discounting the affect Rodriguez might have had on Pettitte. ''When you get behind in the count to a very good offense
that has different ways to beat you with speed and power, it's tough.''
Rodriguez received a boisterous ovation in his first at-bat for New York, but struggled for the Yankees. The 14-time All-Star
catcher arrived in the Bronx just hours after being acquired from Detroit on Wednesday. He went 1-for-3 and was thrown out
at home trying to score on
's hard liner to the mound in the seventh that was dropped by
Oliver threw to second for a force and second baseman
threw home. Replays showed Rodriguez beat the throw.
''It was a long day. I'm a little tired right now,'' Rodriguez said.
got his first two hits, an RBI and a stolen base for the Angels. He went 0-for-4 in his debut Wednesday against Boston.
The Yankees began a crucial stretch in which they play their West Coast nemesis seven times in 11 days. This was their 22nd
loss in 34 games against Los Angeles.
Hunter and Rivera each tagged Pettitte in the third to give the Angels a 6-0 lead. The six-run inning matched their season
best, last accomplished on July 28 in the sixth inning at Boston.
Guerrero connected in the sixth, one batter after
, called up from Triple-A on Thursday, relieved Pettitte (12-8). All three homers came with two outs. The last time the Angels
hit a trio of three-run shots in a game was June 8, 1978, at Oakland.
''The Yankees are the Yankees. You better score a lot of runs or they will be right there with you,'' Hunter said. ''That's
, who had four hits, had an RBI single in the sixth. Eric Aybar then walked and Pettitte was done. He allowed nine runs and
''Didn't feel comfortable from the get-go,'' Pettitte said. ''I didn't keep anybody off base. Top of their lineup. Bottom
of their lineup. Didn't keep the guys that have a little bit of power in the ballpark. So just didn't do anything right tonight.
I was missing with everything. It was a bad night, that's for sure.''
hit a belt-high pitch into the right-center seats with one out in the fourth for the Yankees' first hit off Garland (10-6).
hit his second homer for New York and 15th of the year leading off the seventh. A batter later and Garland was done, having
given up three runs in six-plus innings.
Notes: The Angels went 19-6 in July. The Yankees finished the month 15-10. ... The Yankees signed free agent
, who has been working out at their minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. The right-hander was last in the major leagues in
2007, when he pitched in 13 games for Toronto and Baltimore. He is 45-44 with a 4.64 ERA. ... Angels pitcher
had right shoulder surgery Tuesday in New York. Mets team doctor David Altchek repaired Escobar's posterior labrum. ...
each hit a three-run homer for the Angels in that 1978 game.