- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Garrett Richards matched Masahiro Tanaka pitch for pitch and impressed the New York Yankees for seven strong innings. It was the eighth that did in the Los Angeles Angels.

Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer and Jacoby Ellsbury scored the go-ahead run thanks to a passed ball and wild pitch, sending the Yankees to a 3-2 victory Sunday night.

Garrett was terrific. He had explosive stuff,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think both pitchers went toe to toe. We just couldn’t get it done late.”

Tanaka struck out a season-high 11, including Mike Trout twice, and overcame an early bout of wildness in a tight pitchers’ duel with Richards. Neither starter received a decision, leaving both undefeated this year.

“Just one mistake tonight,” Richards said.

David Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez with a runner on second to end it, and New York has won 10 of 14 after taking two of three in the series.

David Freese homered for the Angels, who went 4-5 on a tough road trip to Detroit, Washington and New York.

Tanaka is 31-0 combined in Japan and the United States over his last 39 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year - before earning a save in Game 7.

“First and foremost, I want to win the ballgame. But it would’ve been nice to give him his first loss,” Richards said.

Tanaka walked four in 6 1-3 innings against the Angels, who began the day leading the majors in homers. The $155 million rookie was on the hook for his first regular-season loss since August 2012 in Japan until Teixeira homered leading off the seventh.

New York broke the tie without a hit in the eighth, a rough inning for Angels catcher Chris Iannetta.

With the score 2-all, Michael Kohn (1-1) walked Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Nick Maronde relieved, and both runners advanced on Iannetta’s passed ball.

“It was a fastball right there and I just missed it,” Iannetta said. “One of the dumbest plays I’ve made in my career - or not made.”

Brian McCann barely stayed alive with a couple of foul tips, and Maronde bounced a breaking ball in front of the plate. The ball ricocheted off Iannetta and far enough away for Ellsbury to score easily.

Adam Warren (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Robertson worked the ninth for his fourth save and second in two days, whiffing Ibanez seconds before security workers tackled a fan who ran into the outfield.

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