Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/15/12

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Angels flexed their own muscles Sunday against the homer-happy New York Yankees, then survived a ninth-inning rally to barely hold them off.

The Angels chased Yankees starter Ivan Nova by scoring six runs off him, and added five runs against New York's bullpen in a 10-8 win at Yankee Stadium.

The Angels and Yankees combined for eight homers, with each team knocking out four. Erick Aybar, Albert Pujols, Maicer Izturis and Mark Trumbo went deep for Los Angeles, which salvaged a win in the series finale after dropping the first two games.

Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Eric Chavez and Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees, who ended their three-game winning streak.

Jered Weaver (11-1) wasn't his usual dominant self, allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings, including the three homers. But Nova (10-4) fared worse, coughing up six runs on nine hits, including three of home runs, in six innings.

Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect eighth for the Angels. The Yankees then again made the Angels' stellar bullpen sweat in the ninth.

Teixeira's two-run homer, marking the first runs scored on Ernesto Frieri as an Angel in 26 1/3 innings, brought the Yankees within 10-7. After Frieri walked Nick Swisher, Scott Downs came on and Raul Ibanez greeted him with a single off the pitcher's glove to put the tying run at the plate with no one out.

Downs struck out pinch hitter Andruw Jones for the first out. He then got Russell Martin to ground into a fielder's choice for the second out, but walked Derek Jeter to load the bases.

That forced him to face Granderson, who hooked a 1-2 pitch deep to right, but foul, before eventually drawing a walk to make it 10-8.

Downs was then followed by Kevin Jepsen, the combination that led to the Yankees' rally from a late deficit Friday.

Up came Rodriguez, who had been struggling, but had two hits and a first-inning homer for the game. Jepsen got him on a pop up to first to end the game and earn his first save of the season.

Up 6-5 in the eighth, the Angels finally put the Yankees away with three runs against reliever Chad Qualls without the benefit of a home run. Bobby Wilson's two-run single and Mike Trout's RBI double gave them a 9-5 lead.

Trumbo then added his 24th homer of the season and sixth in seven games against the Yankees, off D.J. Mitchell in the ninth.

When the ball wasn't leaving the park, there was a good chance it was getting swallowed up by an impressive play or flipped around the infield for a unusual double play.

Granderson made his first impressive catch in the third, with a running, over-the-shoulder grab in center before crashing against the wall to rob Trout of an extra-base hit. He made another impressive play in the sixth, when he limited Alberto Callaspo to a sacrifice fly with a diving catch to his left. Both grabs earned Granderson a long, loud ovation, as did his 25th homer of the season in the sixth, which got the Yankees within 6-5.

While Granderson helped the Yankees steal some runs, they gave away the chance for some on the bases in the second and third.

Jeter singled in a run with two outs to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the second, but he made a rare base running error to end the inning. Jeter headed for second as first baseman Pujols cut off the throw from the outfield and fired to second baseman Izturis to get Jeter.

In the third, Rodriguez singled for a hit in his second straight at-bat with one out and Robinson Cano followed with a single of his own.

But Weaver caught Cano off first and he got in a run down, getting tagged out by shortstop Aybar, who then caught Rodriguez breaking for the plate and fired home. It resulted in an odd 1-3-6-6-2 double play.

The back-to-back homers by Aybar and Pujols in the first inning gave the Angels a 2-0 lead, with Aybar's shot reaching the second deck in right. But for the second day in a row, the Yankees responded quickly with their own two-run homer.

Rodriguez's blast to right tied the score, 2-2.

NOTES: Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated he isn't likely to make any moves at the trading deadline. Cashman said he likes his current club, which owns the best record in baseball, and that any available improvements so far would be "marginal" and too costly to consider. ... Cano had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, which tied a career high. ... Angels right-hander Jordan Walden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right biceps. Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters he didn't think the injury was serious. Outfielder Kole Calhoun was called up to take Walden's spot Sunday. ... Dan Haren (lower back stiffness) was expected to make a rehab start for High-A Inland Empire (Calif.) on Monday, Scioscia said in his pre-game press briefing. He could return by next Sunday. ... Outfielder Torii Hunter was out of the lineup for the second day in a row with tightness in his groin, but entered the game defensively in the ninth.

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