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Angels Defeat New York Yankees 7-1, Mets Shut Out Phillies 5-0

April 15, 2012

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer in the second inning as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the New York Yankees 7-1, while the New York Mets shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 in Major League Baseball games.

David Ortiz drove in five runs as the Boston Red Sox (3-5) beat the Tampa Bay Rays (5-5) 13-5. Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles, Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross all hit home runs for the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.

At Yankee Stadium, Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double in the third inning followed by Howard Kendrick’s three-run homer in the fourth. Vernon Wells capped the Angels’ scoring with a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Robinson Cano’s single in the fifth gave the Yankees (4-4) their only run.

C.J. Wilson (2-0) allowed one run on six hits while striking out two in six innings for the Angels (3-5).

Phil Hughes (0-2) surrendered six runs on eight hits and struck out six in 3 1/3 innings.

“It’s tough,” Hughes told reporters. “I came to camp, I felt good with my stuff. We broke camp and things just haven’t gone the way I would have liked. But I just have to keep working hard and get things right.”

Cold Start

Hughes went 4 2/3 innings in his first start against Tampa Bay on April 8. The Rays won 3-0.

“With the spring that he had, you expected him to go out and pitch well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s why we always talk about be careful how you evaluate spring training, because guys get off to hot or cold starts for different reasons.”

At Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, David Wright, who missed three games with a broken finger, hit a solo home run in the first inning and Daniel Murphy scored in the fourth as Jason Bay grounded into a double play. Lucas Duda added two more runs in the fourth on his home run and Ruben Tejada hit a run-scoring single in the ninth.

“I felt good,” Wright told reporters. “I got a little confidence after the first at-bat. I felt real good in the cage earlier today. I wouldn’t have gone out there if I didn’t think I can contribute.”

Wright, who hurt his finger diving back to a base, was told he could return when he found the pain tolerable.

“When a guy like David Wright goes out and plays with a broken finger, the other guys don’t hurt as bad,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “His presence in our lineup means a lot.”

Jonathon Niese (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. Vance Worley (0-1) gave up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in six innings.

In other American League games, it was Texas 6, Minnesota 2; Baltimore 6, Toronto 4; the Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit 1; Cleveland 11, Kansas City 9 (10 innings); and Seattle 4, Oakland 0.

In the National League, it was St. Louis 5, the Chicago Cubs 1; Washington 4, Cincinnati 1; Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1; Houston 5, Miami 4; Los Angeles Dodgers 6, San Diego Padres 1; San Francisco 4, Pittsburgh 3; and Colorado 8, Arizona 7.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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