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New York managed only three hits, winning a game with three or fewer for the first time since July 7, 2006, at Tampa Bay.

Richards struck out seven and walked two, leaving him with a 1.44 ERA in four road starts this season.

“He was really good. He was effectively wild,” McCann said. “He’s definitely got a really good arm.”

The 25-year-old Richards, who lost his major league debut at Yankee Stadium in August 2011, took a two-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the seventh. That’s when Teixeira launched a 2-2 pitch into the second deck in right field for his second home run since returning from the disabled list last Sunday.

“That’s a really good pitcher,” Teixeira said. “He’s got a very bright future in this game. … A starter that sits at 95-97 (mph), you just don’t see those guys anymore, and he was really tough tonight.”

Freese sent Tanaka’s first pitch of the sixth to right-center for his second home run with the Angels since they acquired him from St. Louis in a November trade. The 2011 World Series MVP began the night batting .149 and recently has lost some playing time at third base to Ian Stewart.

Freese was the designated hitter Sunday.

Tanaka had an amazing ratio of 35 strikeouts to two walks in his first four starts, which covered 29 1-3 innings. But he struggled with his command early on this 54-degree night, walking a batter in each of the first four innings.

Albert Pujols even stared out at the mound after Tanaka backed him off the plate with two straight pitches in the third.

The walks caught up with Tanaka in the fourth, when Erick Aybar led off with a double and scored on an RBI groundout by J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded.

New York tied it in the fifth. A leadoff walk to Teixeira and Brian Roberts’ one-out double set up Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring groundout against Richards.

NOTES: The Angels have led in 10 of their 13 losses. Seven of their last nine defeats have been by one run. … Los Angeles called up RHP Mike Morin from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned OF Brennan Boesch to its top farm team, giving the Angels eight relievers in their shaky bullpen. “Right now I think we can use the extra arm,” Scioscia said. … The Angels begin a nine-game homestand Monday night with LHP Tyler Skaggs on the mound against Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson.