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EY snaps Yanks' streak with walk-off in 11th
By Barry M. Bloom and Kaelen Jones
ANAHEIM -- Eric Young Jr. was the hero Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. The journeyman outfielder ripped a two-out, walk-off infield single in the 11th inning to lift the Angels to a 3-2 win over Yankees, snapping New York's six-game win streak.
"He's a guy getting an opportunity and he's making the most of it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Young. "We can't say enough how he's come up clutch this week."
The big hit came after Young hammered a solo home run to tie the game, 2-2, in the eighth, his second homer in three games and third since he joined the Angels when Mike Trout went on the disabled list May 29.
After losing Monday's series opener on a two-run homer by Aaron Judge, Young said his game-tying blast Tuesday was the spark the Angels needed.
"To tie the game up right there in that situation let us know we're not giving up," he said. "We're going to keep fighting until the last out and see what happens."
Said Yankees manager Joe Girardi: "It's a tough way to lose a game. We had some chances, and we hit some balls hard. It seemed like the balls we hit the hardest they made plays on tonight. It's a tough loss."
Chase Headley's home run off Angels starter JC Ramirez in the seventh had broken a 1-1 tie the Yankees earned on an RBI single by Brett Gardner in the fifth. But those were the only runs Ramirez allowed over 6 2/3 innings, on five hits and three walks. The right-hander's seven strikeouts marked the most he has recorded since April 30 at Texas, and his 111 pitches were a season-high.
"My goal is to throw whatever innings I can with less pitches," Ramirez said. "Going six, seven innings with less than 110 pitches, that's my goal every time, and get the team the win."
Yankees starter CC Sabathia left the game after four innings with a strained left hamstring having allowed an unearned run on three hits. He had won his last five starts.
"It's an issue," Girardi said. "Obviously he's going to have to have an MRI and we'll get a timetable for it. But I anticipate it's a DL."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Keynan gets it done: Right-handed reliever Keynan Middleton entered the game in a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th. The 23-year-old flamethrower locked in, forcing back-to-back popups at third base, ending the threat to keep the game tied at 2.
"He got two huge outs for us," Scioscia said. "He got it done, and hopefully, he can carry some confidence from that."
Shreve shrugs off the threat: Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve was called out of the bullpen to face pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington inheriting runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The 26-year-old buckled down, forcing Pennington to fly out to right field, sending the game into extra innings.
Carter's costly miscue: Yankees first baseman Chris Carter couldn't snag shortstop Didi Gregorius' throw to first base for what would have been the final out of the fourth inning. Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons reached and took second on the play, then C.J. Cron made New York pay for the miscue with a two-out single to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
"He just missed it," Girardi said about the misplay by Carter. "He missed it."
"We've had some losses this year and some guys have stepped up. So we're going to have to have somebody step up in his absence. It's not what you want because he is throwing the ball so well. And he was throwing the ball great tonight. Somebody's going to have to step up." -- Girardi, on replacing Sabathia
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Kole Calhoun robbed Judge of a base hit with a spectacular diving catch to lead off the fourth inning. The 2015 Gold Glove winner made a three-star catch (53 percent catch probability), running 27 feet with an opportunity time of just 2.8 seconds to snag a ball that results in a hit 84 percent of the time, according to Statcast™'s hit probability metric.
WHAT'S NEXT Yankees: The Bombers close the three-game series against the Angels Wednesday in a 10:07 p.m. ET start at Angel Stadium with Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.39 ERA) on the mound. The Yanks are 9-3 in the right-hander's 12 starts this season.
Angels:Matt Shoemaker (6-3, 4.22 ERA) will take the hill for Wednesday's series finale. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in his last six starts, but he is 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in two career starts against New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. PT.