Chacin, Simmons lead way as Halos blank Yanks

Chacin, Simmons lead way as Halos blank Yanks

ANAHEIM -- Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.

Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels' rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.

"I wasn't trying to do too much, just trying to throw strikes," said Chacin, who didn't allow an earned run in a start for the first time since April 12. "I executed good pitches today."

Chacin tosses a gem

Rookie Chad Green produced a quality start for the Yankees, who had beaten the Angels in all six prior meetings this season. Green took the tough-luck loss, allowing one run on five hits over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

"I thought he battled really well considering he didn't have his cutter today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He didn't really have command of it. He used the two pitches and he used them effectively. Gives up a run in the first inning, so it's a battle in the next five innings. I'm pleased with what he did again."

Andrelton Simmons drove in both runs for the Angels on a pair of two-out singles in the first and eighth innings that scored Albert Pujols, who finished with three hits. The Angels managed three runs in the three-game series, and they finished 3-4 on a seven-game homestand which began with four games against the Mariners.

"He did it two times, found a hole," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's what you want to do in those situations."

Simmons on keys to victory

The Yankees were unable to move a season-high four games over .500 and remain four games behind the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card. It was the first time the Yankees were shut out since July 6 against the White Sox.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
What a relief: Angels reliever JC Ramirez pitched out of a jam in the eighth to hold the lead. Ramirez worked around two walks, including a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner, and stranded the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury in scoring position. With runners on first and second with one out, Ramirez struck out Didi Gregorius and then got Starlin Castro on a soft groundout.

Angels bullpen shuts down Yanks

Catching history: Pujols would have broken a tie with Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time home run list had it not been for a leaping grab by Ellsbury in the fifth inning. Pujols took Green 395 feet to straightaway center, but Ellsbury was soon at the wall and timed his jump perfectly to make the catch, taking away a two-run homer and keeping the score within one. More >

"It was a couple feet over," Ellsbury said. "It was a good feeling to pull a ball back and take a home run away. Big part of the game, keeps it within one. Unfortunately, we didn't pull it out today."

Ellsbury robs Pujols of a homer

Simmons delivers: In addition to his usual stellar defense at shortstop, Simmons had multiple RBIs in a game for the first time since driving in three runs on July 5 against the Rays. He entered Sunday with two RBIs across 17 games in August.

Simmons' RBI single

Been a while: Mark Teixeira got his first extra-base hit since Aug. 7 with a double in the third inning. The hit would also turn out to be the only extra-base hit of the game for the Yankees, a significant change from the 12 runs total they scored on Friday and Saturday.

QUOTABLE
"Probably something that's lost in everything is Albert going first to third in the eighth inning, which opened up a hole there at second base where [Starlin] Castro was playing." -- Scioscia, on Pujols' baserunning to set up Simmons' run-scoring single in the eighth

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Pujols was the only Angel to score in the three-game series over the weekend.

WHAT'S NEXT
Yankees: Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA) will journey back to Seattle on Monday and face the team with which he entered the Majors as the Yankees open a three-game series against the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Angels: The Angels return to action on Tuesday when they open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 5.19 ERA) takes the mound for the Angels, who have not played the Jays this year. First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. PT.

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

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.