Mark Teixeira hits two home runs to lead Yankees to 5-3 win over Angels
Mark Teixeira, who will forever be known to Angels fans as "The One Who Got Away," clubbed two home runs on Sunday to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Angels in Anaheim.
After acquiring Teixeira from Atlanta at the trade deadline in 2008, the Angels offered the switch-hitting first baseman eight years and $160 million to remain in Anaheim. But the slugger spurned the Angels to sign an eight-year, $180-million deal with the Yankees, with whom he won a World Series championship in 2009.
Teixeira hit his 17th homer of the season, a solo shot to right field, in the third inning Sunday to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
After the Angels tied the score in the third on Mark Trumbo's solo home run, Hank Conger's double and Maicer Izturis' sacrifice fly, Teixeira drove a two-run shot into the right-field seats off Angels starter Joel Pineiro in the fifth inning to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. It marked the 30th multi-homer game of Teixeira's career.
The Angels trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth on Izturis' two-out double and Erick Aybar's RBI single, but they failed to score in the sixth after Alberto Callaspo led off with a double. That inning ended when Izturis struck out off Yankees reliever David Robertson with the bases loaded.
Nick Swisher's solo home run off the right-field foul pole gave the Yankees an insurance run in the eighth, and closer Mariano Rivera threw a scoreless ninth for his 16th save, getting Torii Hunter to ground into a double play with runners on first and third to end the game.
That preserved the win for former Angels ace Bartolo Colon, who allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Yankees. Colon improved to 4-3.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira connects in the second inning for one of his two home runs on Sunday against the Angels. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press