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Angels end Yankees’ eight-game run

HITTING POWER Kendry Morales and Erick Aybar hit three-run homers for the Angels, while the Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira went 1 for 5 and stranded four runners

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The Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar breaks his bat during the fourth inning of their game against the New York Yankees in Anaheim, California, on Friday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

The Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat New York 10-6 on Friday and halt the Yankees’ eight-game road winning streak.

Kendry Morales hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning before Erick Aybar powered another three-run shot in the seventh for Los Angeles (47-37).

“In that situation I was as prepared as possible, looking for a certain pitch and I was able to connect,” the Cuban-born Morales told reporters via a translator.

“We never think about how many runs we’re behind or who we’re playing,” Morales said.

Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run to spark New York (51-35) to a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning. Derek Jeter had four hits and committed an uncharacteristic but costly error in the seventh inning.

The Yankees captain dropped a routine catch from Mike Napoli that would have been the second out of the inning. Three batters later Aybar homered to make it 10-6.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, making his first appearance in Anaheim since quitting the Angels in the offseason, went 1 for 5 and stranded four runners.

Angels starter Joe Saunders pitched five innings and ­surrendered three runs in the first on his way to a no-decision. Five relief pitchers finished the job for the Angels including Brian Fuentes, who recorded his 25th save of the season.

The Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain lasted into the fifth inning, giving up five runs.

“We need to get a better handle on our starting pitching to where we don’t have to try to come from behind to win,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

RANGERS 6, MARINERS 4

In Seattle, Michael Young hit one of three home runs by Texas, a three-run shot in the third inning, as the Rangers beat Seattle.

Hank Blalock hit a solo shot in the second and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot in the eighth.

Young and Blalock are a combined 23 for 57 (.404) against Seattle this season with four home runs and 10 RBIs in seven games.

Also on Friday, it was:

• Red Sox 1, Royals 0

• Twins 6, White Sox 4

• Rays 6, Athletics 0

• Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0

• Tigers 5, Indians 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Matt Kemp hit a 10th-inning grand slam and made a fantastic catch for the final out to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 12-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Manny Ramirez’s 536th career homer — a two-run shot in the sixth — pulled him even with Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the all-time list.

Los Angeles will enter the All-Star break with the best record in the majors.

In other NL games, it was:

• Cardinals 8, Cubs 3

• Braves 4, Rockies 1

• Phillies 3, Pirates 2

• Giants 8, Padres 0

• Diamondbacks 8, Marlins 0

• Reds 3, Mets 0

• Astros 6, Nationals 5

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