- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - This is not the Garrett Richards who was fifth among AL pitchers in ERA last year.

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer that helped chase Richards in a six-run first inning, and the New York Yankees didn’t have to fret in an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night that stretched their winning streak to five.

“I can’t hang my head on this,” Richards said. “I’m just going through a rough patch right now.”

Richards (5-4) faced 10 batters and retired just two, matching the shortest start of his career. He lasted 37 pitches, giving up six runs, five hits and two walks.

“Hopefully, he’ll give us a better start next time. He’s too good a pitcher not to find it again,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “The walks were a little concerning. Maybe he’s not as crisp as he was last year. Maybe he hasn’t been as locked in as when he got on a roll last year.”

Richards has alternated wins and losses in his last six starts, and his ERA has climbed to 4.14. He went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA last year, when his season ended Aug. 20 because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

“I felt great. My delivery was as good as it has been all year,” Richards said. “It was just one of those nights.”

Los Angeles has lost four straight, matching its season high, and at 28-28 is at .500 for the 11th time this year.

A night after giving up six runs in the ninth inning of an 8-7 win, New York had an early burst that enabled Adam Warren (4-4) to coast against the Angels, who fell behind 7-0 by the second. The AL East leaders have scored six or more runs in the first inning four times - which the Yankees had not done since 1948, according to STATS.

Richards got in trouble when he walked Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez around Chase Headley’s single. Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly, Headley ran home on Richards’ wild pitch and McCann homered into the right-field seats.

After singles by Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew grounded to Albert Pujols, who rather than step on first for an out threw to second. While umpire Tom Hallion called Gregorius out, replays showed shortstop Erick Aybar blocked the tag with his own foot, and the call was overturned by video review.

“It caught me and Aybar off guard,” Gregorius said. “He tagged himself.”

Ramon Flores struck out, and Gardner hit a two-run single that chased Richards.

Warren threw a career-high 105 pitches, giving up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He induced an inning-ending, double-play grounder from David Freese in the fourth and had a shutout until Johnny Giavotella’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.

“He used all his pitches,” Freese said. “When you go up against a lineup like ours, you need to be able to mix them up. McCann and Warren had some good ideas on how to pitch us tonight.”

With his parents watching from the stands after making the trip from New Jersey, AL MVP Mike Trout hit his 15th home run in the sixth, an opposite-field drive to right that cut the gap to 7-2.

Chris Capuano got the last three outs, striking out Carlos Perez to end the game in a 13-pitch at-bat, and the Angels lost for the 13th time in their last 18 games in the Bronx.

“We’re going to turn the page on this one for sure,” Scioscia said.

NIGHT MOVES

Los Angeles infielder Grant Green was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game, and the Angels intend to bring up a pitcher before Sunday’s series finale. Los Angeles was a pitcher short after recalling first baseman C.J. Cron on Saturday and optioning left-hander Edgar Ibarra.

IN THE ‘PEN AND ON THE ‘NET

Hector Santiago allowed two hits in 3 2-3 scoreless innings, his first relief appearance this year after 11 starts. Santiago took over the Angels’ Instagram account before the game, posting photos of himself in front of NBC’s Rockefeller Center studios and eating a slice of pizza.

UP NEXT

Angels: C.J. Wilson (3-4) is 4-3 with a 3.07 ERA and two saves in 10 starts and 17 relief appearances against the Yankees.

Yankees: CC Sabathia (2-7) pitches on regular rest as the Yankees skip Michael Pineda this turn through the rotation to limit his innings.

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