Rasner eats up innings in Yankees loss

AP and Staff Reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. " Torii Hunter had four hits with a home run and four RBIs, Howie Kendrick tied a career high with four hits and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 10-5 on Friday night.

Vladimir Guerrero had three hits and scored three runs for the Angels, who increased their AL West lead to a season-high 13 games after Texas' 9-1 loss at Baltimore. Everyone in the starting lineup contributed to the 17-hit attack except leadoff batter Chone Figgins, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Jered Weaver (10-9) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, including solo homers by Xavier Nady and Alex Rodriguez, who played in his 2,000th regular-season game.

The Yankees, who are trying to tie Atlanta's major league record of 14 consecutive postseason appearances, remain three games behind Boston in the Wild Card race. They are 5-8 following their eight-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break.

Trailing 6-3 entering the sixth, New York got a run closer on Nady's 18th homer and fifth in 13 games since joining the Yankees in a trade with Pittsburgh. Robinson Cano followed with a triple off the right field wall and scored on Melky Cabrera's groundout.

But the Angels broke it open with four in the seventh. Hunter led off with his 19th homer, Jeff Mathis doubled home a run, pinch-runner Reggie Willits scored on Brian Bruney's wild pitch and Mark Teixeira capped the rally with an RBI single.

Ian Kennedy (0-4) retired only six of the 16 batters he faced, giving up five runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. The right-hander, beginning his third stint with the Yankees this season, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Thursday when right-hander Joba Chamberlain went on the disabled list with tendinitis in his rotator cuff.

Kennedy came out with a 5-3 deficit after giving up hits to the first five Angels batters in the third, including RBI singles by Guerrero, Garret Anderson and Kendrick.

1999 Carson High graduate Darrell Rasner came on and allowed one run over four innings before tiring in the seventh. Rasner ended up being charged with three runs over 4 1/3 innings while allowing five hits, striking out for and walking none.


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