NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees exploded for seven runs in the first two innings, then let Adam Warren throw 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels -- their season-high fifth straight win. They remain in first place in the AL East. They will try to sweep the Angels on Sunday afternoon.
Winning Warren: In Warren's last 10 starts, the Yankees are 7-3. This hasn't been luck either with just strong run support. In his last five starts, the Yankees have suffered the three losses, but Warren has been very solid. His ERA over his last five starts is 2.72.
He is making a case that he should stay in this rotation when Ivan Nova comes back. CC Sabathia -- who is 2-7 with a 5.45 ERA -- needs to pitch better to keep Warren off his back. Warren is 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA.
First-inning explosion: The Yankees smacked Garrett Richards around for six runs in the first. It was so bad for Richards, he was lifted after only recording two outs.
Richards walked leadoff man Brett Gardner and No. 3 batter Alex Rodriguez around a Chase Headley single to load the bases at the outset. Next, AL RBI leader, Mark Teixeira just missed a grand slam, settling for a deep sacrifice fly to center. After a wild pitch allowed a second run, Brian McCann nailed his ninth homer of the season, a two-run jack to make it 4-0.
Eventually, Gardner would drive two more runs in with a single.
Adding on: In the second, Carlos Beltran brought home the Yankees' seventh run with an RBI single. In the eighth, Texieira walked with the bases loaded for the eighth run.
A-Rod3K: Alex Rodriguez had no hits, but he was on base all night with three walks and a hit by pitch. He remains nine hits shy of 3,000.
On deck: The Yankees and Angels close out their three-game series with Sabathia vs. C.J. Wilson (3-4, 3.55). On Monday, the Yankees are off and it is draft day. Then the Yankees have a two-game series vs. Washington before heading back on the road to play Baltimore and Miami.