- The Yankees struck early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Carlos Beltran and RBI single from Austin Romine.
- Rob Refsnyder's sacrifice fly in the second inning made it 4-0 Yankees, and Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning extended their lead to 5-0.
- Gerardo Petit's RBI single and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer in the fifth drew the Angels within 5-3.
- Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the seventh inning made it 6-3 Yankees.
- Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless eighth and Andrew Miller nailed down the save in the ninth.
If the Yankees are going to face bad pitching they have to take advantage of it, and tonight they succeeded. The Yankees are beginning to launch home runs with Castro and Beltran going deep for the second straight night. They've scored five runs in four of their last five games, and while that might not seem like a lot, it is for this dysfunctional crew.
Almost as important as the Yankees' offense showing some life, Pineda's first seven-inning effort since last July was equally significant. Pineda was very good besides a three-run fifth inning. Again, this does not sound fantastic, but for Pineda it is another step in the right direction.
The Yankees are in a part of their schedule where they can make some headway in the standings. It is the perfect time for the offense to figure things out and catch up with recent strong work of the rotation. For two games, they've done just that.
Nathan Eovaldi (4.09 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) faces Jered Weaver (5.18 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) as the Yankees continue their four-game series against the Angels on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.