The weather isn't the only thing that typically heats up each June.
So does Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson, who has gone 10-0 with a 2.78 earned-run average in June over the last three seasons. He continued that run Saturday by pitching the Angels to a 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees before a crowd of 40,486 at Angel Stadium.
The Angels, who got a three-hit game from Howie Kendrick as well as two hits and two runs batted in each from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar, have now won three in a row for the first time this month while the Yankees equaled a season low by losing their fifth straight.
Hanson, who has limited opponents to three or fewer runs in four of his previous five starts, scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out a season-high eight batters. And he got plenty of offense with the Angels taking an early lead on Aybar's second home run of the season, a line drive that barely got over the low wall next to the right-field foul pole in the second.
The Yankees answered with Brett Gardner's run-scoring triple and an RBI single from Jayson Nix an inning later only to have the Angels tie the score in the bottom of the frame on a walk to Mike Trout, a stolen base and a Pujols single.
The Angels had a chance to break the game open in the fourth inning when Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo started the inning with singles. But Yankees starter David Phelps (4-4) stiffened, retiring the next three batters in order to escape the jam.
Phelps wasn't so fortunate two innings later when Mark Trumbo walked and Kendrick singled to open the sixth inning. After Callaspo hit into a fielder's choice -- only a poor throw from Phelps kept it from being a double play -- Aybar singled to left to give the Angels a 3-2 lead.
It then fell to the bullpen to protect that lead for Hanson (4-2), with Scott Downs and Michael Kohn coming on to strike out consecutive batters with a runner on third in the seventh.
The Angels added three runs in their final two at-bats, getting a run-scoring double by Josh Hamilton and a bases-loaded walk to Kendrick in the seventh and another RBI single from Pujols in the eighth.
Peter Bourjos also finished with two hits, scoring twice, while Trout walked three times and scored twice.
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