ANAHEIM -- On a night when the Angels inducted a 17-year Major League veteran into their Hall of Fame, it was the Yankees' youth movement that stole the show. The Yankees once again got major contributions from a number of rookies and rolled to a 5-1 win over the Angels on Saturday at Angel Stadium.
Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa scattered three hits over six-plus innings in his first career start, rookie catcher Gary Sanchez homered and rookie right fielder Aaron Judge drove in two runs for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.
"Our development people have done a really good job with these kids," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "A number of our kids, you look at adjustments Sanchez has made, and Judge and Tyler Austin, there's more coming. We've done a really good job developing these kids."
Albert Pujols homered in the ninth inning for the Angels' first run of the series, tying him with former teammate and mentor Mark McGwire for 10th all-time with 583 in his career.
The Yanks also enjoyed production from their veterans, as Brian McCann had two hits and two RBIs, Starlin Castro added two hits and two runs and Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run homer with an amazing catch over the left-field wall.
Ricky Nolasco remained winless in three starts with the Angels since coming over in a Trade Deadline deal with the Twins. The veteran right-hander took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five against no walks. All five runs were scored with two outs.
"I just couldn't finish guys off with two outs. That was the whole game," Nolasco said. "If I do, different story."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Early power: Sanchez was supposed to have power, but the numbers are starting to get ridiculous. The catcher's homer in the first inning gave him a fourth straight game with an extra-base hit and 11 extra-base hits in his 15 games with the Yankees this season. He's hitting .379/.419/.776 in 61 plate appearances.
"He did a really good job," Girardi said. "All five runs we got were with two outs today. He started the first inning, and that's a big pickoff of Kole Calhoun. He blocks the ball, recovers and picks him off. That's a big play, too, because of who was hitting [Mike Trout]."
Pujols enters the Top 10: There are only nine men who have hit more home runs than Pujols, who slugged career homer No. 583 in the ninth inning to tie McGwire for 10th on the all-time list.
"Tied with Mark is pretty special, because he's a close friend of mine," said Pujols, who received a congratulatory text from McGwire shortly after the game. "We stay in touch, a guy who always helped me out whenever I went through a slump." More >
Gardner goes horizontal: A 365-foot fly ball from Cron in the seventh inning would have made it a 5-2 game, but Gardner would have none of that. The left fielder timed a jump perfectly, going horizontal as he leaned back over the wall and hauling in the would-be homer with a pair of fans cushioning his fall and likely keeping him from toppling into the stands.
"I wasn't sure off the bat," Gardner said. "I knew he hit it pretty well and then the more I got closer to the wall, I knew I was going to be able to get to the ball, it was just matter of if I was going to run out of room or not." More >
Crisis averted: Trout was drilled in the back of his left shoulder on a pitch by Cessa in the sixth inning. Trout remained in the game, fortunate the ball did not hit him in the helmet. The Angels already lost a player to a concussion in this series, as Yunel Escobar went on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday after fouling a pitch off his face in Friday night's game.
"As a fan, it's amazing to see what he's done." -- Angels utility man Gregorio Petit, on Pujols
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WHAT'S NEXT Yankees:Chad Green (2-2, 4.05 ERA) is likely to stay in the Yankees rotation for the rest of the season, especially after striking out 11 over six scoreless innings on Monday in his first start back from Triple-A. The 25-year-old will face the Angels for the first time on Sunday as the Yanks seek a series sweep at 3:35 p.m. ET.
Angels:Jhoulys Chacin (2-6, 6.10 ERA) takes the mound for the Angels on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series against the Yankees. Chacin will be looking to work deeper into the game after pitching a combined six innings over his last two starts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT.