NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Angels can make a nuisance of themselves, so often looking to take an extra base -- if not outright steal it -- that opponents can get fidgety.
Unless the opponent can just swat away such problems.
The New York Yankees have been known to do that all year, and did so again with another pair of home runs helping them to a 5-3 win over the Angels on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees' second straight win over their rivals from the West featured a two-run homer by Robinson Cano in the first and a two-run shot by Curtis Granderson in the third.
That, along with five innings of three-run ball by Freddy Garcia and four shutout innings from the bullpen, helped overcome Mike Trout's three hits and two stolen bases.
"It's nice to be able to put pressure on the opposing team without putting any pressure," Yankees catcher Chris Stewart said of his many teammates who are home run threats. "We just allow them to put that pressure on themselves."
It's a different type of pressure than the one the Angels inflict because, as Stewart noted, no matter how much of a threat the Angels pose on the bases, pitchers can just focus on the hitters. For the Yankees, there is little relief from a threat at the plate.
Angels starter Jerome Williams (6-6) was the latest example. He was welcomed back from the disabled list by the Yankees with five runs on seven hits in six innings, in his first appearance since June 18.
Williams, who had been out due to a breathing issue tied to asthma and anxiety, was given an early lead, but had trouble holding it due to the Yankees' usual long ball damage.
"Jerome, although he gave up a couple of home runs, pitched much better than his linescore shows," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had good stuff today. He made a couple of mistakes, on a changeup to Cano and on a breaking ball to Curtis Granderson, and those guys hit the ball out of the park."
Trout, who grew up looking up to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in Millville, N.J., helped the Angels take a 2-0 lead in the first with the first of three singles in the inning. He scored along with Erick Aybar on Alberto Callaspo's two-out single.
But the Yankees came right back in the bottom of the first with Cano hitting a two-out homer to right. It was his 21st home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. He would add an RBI single in the sixth to give the Yankees an insurance run and put them up 5-3.
"Everything's just clicking," said Cano, who entered the break red-hot. "... We've been 'They score, we score' and that's what you want, to support your starter right away."
Granderson's 24th homer of the season drove in Chris Stewart, who had led off the third with a single, and gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
A walk and a stolen base by Howie Kendrick in the fourth helped him eventually come around to make it 4-3 on Bobby Wilson's RBI groundout.
Trout then singled and stole second and third, but Garcia (4-2) stranded him by getting Albert Pujols on a grounder to short to end the inning after walking Aybar.
"He pitched around the zone a little bit and we got some walks, but we couldn't convert enough of them into runs," Scioscia said of his players, who drew five walks against Garcia.
Three Yankees relievers shut the Angels out the rest of the way. Cody Eppley provided two innings of scoreless relief to lower his ERA to 2.49 and David Robertson added a scoreless eighth.
Rafael Soriano then earned his 22nd save of the season with a perfect ninth, striking out Albert Pujols to seal the win.
"It's hard to say where we'd be without him since losing Mo," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Soriano, who has converted all but one save opportunity with Mariano Rivera out since April 30. "... The pressure that you feel can't be easy. ... Soriano's been tremendous."
NOTES: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (strained groin) said he's on track to get activated from the DL and start Tuesday night's game. ... Russell Martin got his second half started with a strong start Friday night, throwing out three base runners and getting the game-winning hit, but manager Joe Girardi stuck to his plan to rest him on the day game after a night game, starting Chris Stewart in his place. ... Angels outfielder Torii Hunter sat out Saturday with an injured groin, but manager Mike Scioscia said he would have given him a day off anyway. ... Left-hander Brad Mills was demoted to Class AAA Salt Lake to make room for Jerome Williams. Mills had made one appearance this season, throwing five shutout innings in a start against the Baltimore Orioles on July 7.
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