Rapid Reaction: Angels 13, Yankees 1

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
10:51
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Angels crushed Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees on a cold April night in the Bronx. The eight runs allowed by Kuroda were the most ever for him in a start.

Kuroda's final line was 4 2/3 innings, eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits. He did not walk a batter.

Phat Albert: Albert Pujols hit career home run No. 501. Pujols made the score 6-0 with a long solo blast in the fifth inning. He has a major-league best nine homers on the year. He is three behind Eddie Murray for 25th place all-time.

That's all, folks: After Pujols' long ball, the Angels chased Kuroda by adding another two runs.

Falling behind: The Angels put a three-spot on Kuroda in the second inning. They did it with three hits to begin the frame. The third was an RBI double by No. 8 hitter Hank Conger. The next two runs came home on a sacrifice bunt from Collin Cowgill and a groundout from J.B. Shuck.

In the third, Ian Stewart smacked a two-run homer, just over the leaping Jacoby Ellsbury in center field.

Home unsweet home: Pitching in the Bronx is usually Kuroda's thing. He was 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA in his previous 15 starts here. His next outing will be against Seattle on Thursday, again at Yankee Stadium.

On the board: C.J. Wilson kept the Yankees scoreless into the sixth inning. They finally got on the board when Derek Jeter singled, Carlos Beltran doubled and Jeter scored on an Alfonso Soriano sac fly.

Bruce Al-nighty: Bruce Billings chewed up four innings, allowing four runs. Billings, 28, saved the bullpen. He was just called up on Thursday to help the depleted 'pen.

Billings last pitched in the majors in 2012. This was his fifth career major-league game. For his troubles, Billings very well could be sent right back down to Triple-A.

Mop-up man: With the Yankees down 12-1 and two outs in the top of the ninth, manager Joe Girardi brought in setup man Shawn Kelley. Kelley hadn't pitched in a game since Sunday. Kelley gave up a run.

McCann at first: Brian McCann played first base late in the game. It was the second consecutive game that McCann moved to first. Prior to that, he hadn't played first base since high school.

What's next: A quick turnaround, as the Yankees and Angels have a day game on Saturday. Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.75) will pitch for New York, opposed by Hector Santiago (0-3, 3.68), first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146