Yanks homer 4 times behind Tanaka-led shutout

Yanks homer 4 times behind Tanaka-led shutout

ANAHEIM -- Home runs came for the Yankees from both the top and bottom of the lineup, plus multiple places in between, as they shut out the Angels, 7-0, on Friday night at Angel Stadium to open a three-game series.

Jacoby Ellsbury got things going with a homer to right on the third pitch of the night from Angels starter Jered Weaver. Ninth-place hitter Ronald Torreyes led off the fifth with the first homer of his big league career, while No. 2 hitter Didi Gregorius and cleanup man Brian McCann also went deep against Weaver in the frame.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka earned the win, striking out nine without issuing a walk over 7 2/3 innings. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing consecutive singles to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the fourth. Tanaka then recorded seven outs in a row before another Trout single leading off the seventh.

"I think he used all his pitches," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Thought he had a good fastball, he used that extremely well. Thought he used some early curveballs, split was good, slider, he had everything."

Tanaka doesn't miss a beat with Sanchez

Tanaka blanks the Angels

Weaver was charged with five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was removed after the home run to McCann. Friday's start marked the first time Weaver allowed four or more homers in a game since April 6, 2014, against the Astros.

"Couldn't keep the ball in the yard," said Weaver, whose 6.24 career ERA against the Yankees is his highest against any American League club.

Weaver set back by four Yankees homers

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
From top ...: Ellsbury gave an early sign of things to come in the first at-bat of the game. The outfielder took an 83-mph two-seamer 368 feet into the right-field corner to spot the Yankees the only run they would need and give him his fifth long ball of the season. It was also the first leadoff homer of the season for the Yankees.

Ellsbury's leadoff homer

... to bottom: Not only was Torreyes' homer in the fifth inning the first of his career, it also added into the first four-hit game of his career. Not many would have foreseen such a night for the rookie third baseman, but Starlin Castro predicted at least a homer after watching Torreyes go deep to center in batting practice.

"My job is to come to the ballpark ready to play," Torreyes said through an interpreter. "Although I don't play every day, once I get the opportunity to play, I want to do my best."

Torreyes' offensive performance

Two for Trout: Trout had two of the Angels' five hits off Tanaka. It was his 36th game with multiple hits this season, but he came up empty when the club really need it. Trout had a chance to get the Angels on the board in the eighth, batting with two outs and the bases loaded after Tanaka left the game, but he struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch from Adam Warren.

Warren escapes bases-loaded jam

Escobar exits: Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was removed from the game in the fourth inning after fouling a pitch off his face on a bunt attempt. He was replaced by Gregorio Petit, who made two tough plays on sharp grounders against his former team. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it's possible Escobar could go on the disabled list, though preliminary X-rays came back negative.

"He's sore," Scioscia said. "We're certainly going to check and see where he is tonight and tomorrow. He's going to be sore for a while."  More >

Escobar leaves the game

QUOTABLE
"I talked to him before the game started and said, 'Hey, about that guy, you're supposed to go out there and hit his offspeed, but be ready for the fastball. You're going to see his offspeed,' and that's what he does." -- Castro, on Torreyes' four-hit game

"Nothing hurts worse than letting your teammates down, and I've been doing that on a pretty consistent basis, so it's definitely a tough pill to swallow." -- Weaver, on his performance

WHAT'S NEXT
Yankees: Twenty-four-year-old Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30 ERA) will make the first start of his career after spending the season moving between the Yankees' bullpen and the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation. The right-hander has recorded 11 strikeouts and six walks in 18 2/3 big league innings.

Angels: Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Angels in the second game of this three-game series at Angel Stadium. Nolasco is still looking for his first win in an Angels uniform, going 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in three starts since coming over in a Trade Deadline deal with the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. PT.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Yankees on Friday.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.