Robinson Cano hits a two-run home run against the Angels Saturday. (Kathy Kmonicek / Associated…)
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees dialed long distance again Saturday as Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each clubbed two-run home runs off Angels starter Jerome Williams in a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees, who have won 17 of their last 22 games against the Angels in the Bronx, lead the major leagues with 138 home runs, and of the 423 runs they have scored on the season, 218, or 51.5%, have come via the home run.
The Angels scored twice in the top of the first when Mike Trout and Erick Aybar each singled, Mark Trumbo drew a two-out walk to load the bases and Alberto Callaspo lined a two-run single to right field.
But the Yankees answered immediately, as Derek Jeter opened the bottom of the first with an infield single and Cano hit his 21st homer of the season, a shot that bounced off the top of the left-field wall and over.
Chris Stewart opened the bottom of the third with a single, and after Jeter grounded out, Granderson crushed a two-run homer to deep right, his team-leading 24th of the season, to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
The Angels pulled to within 4-3 in the fourth when Trout singled to center, his third hit of the game, stole second and third and scored on Bobby Wilson’s grounder to shortstop.
Trout, who leads the American League with a .348 batting average, pushed his league-leading stolen-base total to 30 and his string of consecutive stolen bases without being caught to 21. He is only the sixth rookie in Angels club history to steal 30 or more bases in a season.
The Yankees scored an insurance run in the sixth when Alex Rodriguez doubled to left-center and came home on Cano’s single to center.
Williams, making his first start since June 18 when he was hospitalized because of a respiratory problem brought on by asthma and exacerbated by anxiety, went six innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.
Yankees starter Freddy Garcia lasted only five innings, allowing three runs, five hits and walking five, but that was good enough for a win that improved the right-hander to 4-2. Rafael Soriano retired the side in order in the ninth for his 22nd save.
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