- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Trout might have been pressing a bit when he was thrown out trying to advance to second base on a fly to right field. Hard to blame the AL MVP the way the Angels were roughed up this weekend by the New York Yankees.

Trout and Albert Pujols homered off CC Sabathia in the first inning to give the Angels their first lead of the series, but C.J. Wilson allowed three homers as Los Angeles dropped its fifth straight game, 6-2 to New York on Sunday.

With the Angels leading 2-0 and runners on first and third in the third inning, David Freese hit a fly to the right-field corner. Erick Aybar, jogging home, failed to cross the plate before Trout was nabbed at second for a double play on a strong throw by Carlos Beltran.

“I think Erick got caught just a little bit coming off of third and anticipating scoring easy,” manager Mike Scioscia said, “and Mike got aggressive on his end and everybody timed it.”

From there it was downhill for the Angels in a loss that left them under .500 at 28-29. Los Angeles was swept by New York in a series of at least three games for the first time since 2003.

“I don’t know if we’re going to focus on the streaks or where we are in the standings,” Scioscia said. “That’s irrelevant right now.”

Wilson (3-5) gave up only a run-scoring grounder to Didi Gregorius while pitching smoothly into the fifth in a ballpark where he’s had plenty of success - a 2.44 ERA in nine outings (six starts).

But Chris Young homered to open the fifth and Brett Gardner connected for a three-run shot with one out to give New York a 5-2 lead.

“What hurts is that we didn’t score that third run. I felt that was a good chance for us to get some distance right there, a three-run lead with CC having to pitch out of a much longer jam,” Wilson said. “But he pitched a lot better today than he pitched all year, so we weren’t able to put anything good off him.”

Sabathia (3-7) threw six sharp innings after the early homers, yielding five hits overall and notching his 2,500th strikeout. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after getting Kole Calhoun to ground into a double play to end the sixth.

Sabathia said he was asking plate umpire Dan Bellino about a pitch to Calhoun when he was tossed.

“This had been going on all day, just back and forth, and I needed the pitch right there,” Sabathia said. “It was a big pitch in the game. … It’s just frustrating.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected, too.

The Angels, though, couldn’t put anything together after the left-hander exited. In fact, the final five batters struck out against relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

Pujols’ homer was his 535th, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the career list.

“Everything he does is worth watching,” catcher Chris Iannetta said. “You watch the way he goes about his business. He’s a consummate professional all the time.”

Jose Pirela homered off Wilson to start the seventh. Wilson gave up seven hits and six runs in seven innings.

“I think my stuff is there where it needs to be,” Wilson said. “I just need to be more consistent with pitches.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: With a day off Monday, Scioscia said he didn’t see the need to get reliever Joe Smith or closer Huston Street into a game just for work even after not pitching for four days. “They’ve pitched a lot. I don’t see that four or five days off is necessarily a bad thing, if it comes to that,” Scioscia said.

Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (knee sprain) is making progress but there is no date yet for him to take batting practice.

UP NEXT

Angles: RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-4) starts at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Angels took two of three from the Rays last week in Anaheim, California.

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (3-1) makes his second start Tuesday since a DL stint when New York opens a two-game set against Washington.

GIDDYUP

A day after riding American Pharoah to a commanding victory at the Belmont Stakes to become the first jockey since 1978 to guide a horse to racing’s Triple Crown, jockey Victor Espinoza threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Espinoza waved to the appreciative crowd as he strode to the mound wearing a pinstriped Yankees jersey that came down to his knees. He moved the game ball that had been placed on the rubber and took a windup, making a perfect throw just off the corner of home plate.

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