ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 42nd home run, Jack Mayfield connected for his first Grand Slam of his career, and the Los Angeles Angels were able to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 Monday night.
Despite Ohtani and Mayfield’s longballs, the difference in the game eventually became a two-out single by Juan Lagares off of Clay Holmes in the eighth inning who drove in Brandon Marsh with the go-ahead run.
Lagares had three hits and scored two runs. Marsh led off the eighth with a single against Wandy Peralta (4-3).
The Yankees have lost three in a row after a 13-game winning streak.
Junior Guerra (5-2), who gave up a wonderful two-run shot off Giancarlo Stanton in the seventh inning to make it 7-all, won. Raisel Iglesias, the seventh pitcher used by manager Joe Maddon, retired the Yankees in a row in the ninth for his 28th save.
After the Yankees rallied for 5 in the fifth inning, Ohtani took former teammate Andrew Heaney deep and led from the bottom half. frame. Ohtani launched Heaney’s curveball 432 feet into the right-field stance.
Ohtani has five hits in 30 at bats against the Yankees, with all of his hits leaving the park.
Mayfield’s grand slam was part of a five-run fourth for the Angels.
Stanton had two hits and three runs for the Yankees. He had an RBI single in the fifth inning to make the game 5.
ANOTHER STANTON SHOT
Stanton made it to 7 in the seventh with a two-run drive into midfield that pumped off the rocks. The 457-foot homer is the fifth longest by an opponent at Angel Stadium since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
The homer also had an exit speed of 115.2 miles. It’s only the third time at The Big A that a player has hit a home run over 450 feet with an exit velocity over 115.0. The others are Ohtani and Joey Gallo.
MIXED COMEBACK FOR KLUBER
Yankees-starter Corey Kluber was off the 60-day injured list before the game and made his first start since May 25. only allowed one walk before things unraveled in the fourth.
Kluber struckout Ohtani to start the inning, but then gave up three consecutive basehits, including an RBI single by Jo Adell. Max Stassi walked with two outs to load the bases before Mayfield took advantage of a curveball over the middle of the plate and went deep left to give the Angels a 5-2 lead.
Kluber eventually got four innings and gave up five runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Mike Mayers _ who is seventh in the majors with 60 appearances _ started his career for the second time and immediately ran into problems. The Angels righthander allowed DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo to double, followed by the single by Aaron Judge, before bringing Stanton into a double play to give Judge a 2-0 lead.
Mayers, whose other start in 2016 came with St. Louis, gave up two runs and three hits in two innings.
Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (left elbow strain) moved to 60-day injured list, effectively ending his season. Manager Aaron Boone said Britton met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to determine if surgery is needed.
Angels: RHP Alex Cobb (right wrist inflammation) pitched a pre-match 30-pitch bullpen session with the next move yet to be determined.
The Yankees acquired RHP Jason Parker as the nominee player in the July 27 trade in which the Yankees sent pitchers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds. The 23-year old Parker was 4-3 this season with a 4.05 ERA with Class A Daytona.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (8-4, 4.18 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or less in 11 of his last 13 starts dating back to June 18.
Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (2-2, 5.56 ERA) is called after Ohtani was scratched due to a pain in his right hand after being hit by a pitch on Saturday.