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Season series: Yankees vs. Angels

Season series: Yankees vs. Angels

Much like they have in seasons past, the Angels gave the Yankees fits for much of the year. The Yankees won the first game of the season series before losing the next five in a row. However, New York bounced back to take two of three from the Angels from July 29-31, raising their season series record to 4-6. Only two games between the teams -- the first two -- were decided by more than three runs.

The Yankees struggled against the less-heralded Angels pitchers, as each Ervin Santana and John Lackey twice earned wins against the Yanks. Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown each lost twice against Los Angeles. The Angels' bullpen was outstanding, save for two late-inning losses in the team's final three-game series. Francisco Rodriguez saved five of the Angels' six wins.

April 26: Yankees 12, Angels 4
Yankee Stadium

Alex Rodriguez powered the Yankees to a 12-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, going 4-for-5 with three home runs and an astounding 10 RBIs. The Yankees and American League records are both held by Tony Lazzeri, who once produced 11 in a game. The Yankees never trailed, and Carl Pavano evened his record at 2-2.

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April 27: Angels 5, Yankees 1
Yankee Stadium

Rodriguez homered again, but that produced the Yankees' lone run in a 5-1 loss. Mussina struggled through seven innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs.

April 28: Angels 3, Yankees 1
Yankee Stadium

Brown pitched well, allowing three runs in seven innings of work, but found no support from the Yankees offense in a 3-1 loss. New York scored only one run for the second straight game, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

July 21: Angels 6, Yankees 5
Angel Stadium

The Yankees took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning on the strength of four solo home runs. But Vladimir Guerrero's grand slam in the bottom of the inning put the Angels on top, 6-5, and the bullpen finished off the home victory.

July 22: Angels 6, Yankees 3
Angel Stadium

Al Leiter made his second start for the Yankees, but couldn't replicate the performance from his first, when he beat the Red Sox at Fenway. Leiter was done in by a four-run second inning, and left after six innings, having allowed 10 hits and six runs. He took the loss in a 6-3 defeat.

July 23: Angels 8, Yankees 6
Angel Stadium

The Angels' offense lit up Brown for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. It was Brown's second start since returning from the disabled list without a rehab start; he allowed at least six runs in each game. The Yankees pounded three home runs and closed to 8-6, but dropped their third straight game on the road.

July 24: Yankees 4, Angels 1
Angel Stadium

Mussina pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run, as the Yankees beat the Angels, 4-1, to salvage a winning record on their 11-game road trip. Hideki Matsui broke open the game with a two-run home run in the seventh.

July 29: Angels 4, Yankees 1
Yankee Stadium

Mussina faced the Angels for a second straight start, but this time was on the losing end of a 4-1 defeat at Yankee Stadium. He allowed three runs, all of which came on a pair of second-inning home runs by Garret Anderson and Bengie Molina.

July 30: Yankees 8, Angels 7
Yankee Stadium

Ex-Rockie Shawn Chacon debuted for the Yankees and found that his luck was no better with his new team. Chacon allowed an unearned run in six innings and left with a 3-1 lead, which the bullpen soon gave up by allowing six runs in the seventh and eighth innings. But the Yankees posted two runs in the eighth to remain within striking distance, and then scored three more off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth to earn the 8-7 victory. It was K-Rod's first blown save in six opportunities against the Yankees this season.

July 31: Yankees 8, Angels 7
Yankee Stadium

The Yankees staged another comeback victory against the Angels, winning, 8-7, on Tony Womack's 11th-inning RBI single. The Yankees trailed, 6-3, but evened the score with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to force the extra frames.

Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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