NEW YORK — Albert Pujols hit one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, C.J. Wilson kept New York in check again and the Angels roughed up the road weary Yankees 13-1 Friday night.
Pujols hit homer No. 501 and Ian Stewart had a two-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda (2-2) for the majors’ top slugging squad. Erick Aybar connected for a three-run drive and Colin Cowgill went deep against Bruce Billings, one of the pitchers called up when Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught with pine tar on his neck Wednesday night.
Wilson (3-2) gave up a run and four hits in six innings, the seventh time in eight starts he’s held New York to two or fewer earned runs.
The Angels’ 35 homers is a club record for March and April and leads the majors. Pujols has a majors-leading nine home runs.
Hank Conger had a pair of RBI doubles and a run-scoring single, Aybar reached base all five times — once when Carlos Beltran dropped his flyball to right field — and scored four runs. Howie Kendrick had three of the Angels’ 16 hits and scored three runs in a game that ended in front of a near-empty stadium in a light rain.
The Yankees returned home at 3 a.m. Friday from an eventful 4-3 road trip in which they lost starters Ivan Nova to a season-ending elbow injury and Pineda for two starts. They came out flat against the only AL team with a winning record against them since 2000.
The Angels improved to 66-59 against New York since the turn of the century, but have won just 5 of the last 12.
In the lineup because of his success against Kuroda and third baseman David Freese’s struggles, Stewart singled in the second and hit a two-run shot in the third. He went 2 for 3 against the Yankees starter and is 8 for 16 against the righty.
On a chilly night, New York managed just two hits off Wilson until the sixth, when Alfonso Soriano had a sacrifice fly after Derek Jeter singled for his 3,336th hit and Beltran doubled.
The Angels sprayed hits through the Yankees’ varied shifts, scoring three in the second. Conger doubled in a run with a liner that hit the right field wall with a loud thud, Cowgill drove in another with a sacrifice bunt to first base and J.B. Shuck had an RBI groundout.
Stewart connected in the third with two outs. After his only 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, Kuroda gave up a long homer to Pujols to start the fifth. An out after Kendrick doubled, Aybar sent a fly to deep right that hit off Beltran’s glove for an error, chasing Kuroda.
Bruce Billings relieved and gave up an RBI double to Conger for an 8-0 lead. Aybar and Cowgill hit long balls off Billings in the seventh.
Kuroda had his worst outing of the season, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before the game Ernesto Frieri would be removed the closer role while he works on spotting his pitches. The right-hander worked a 1-2-3 eighth, when the score was 12-1.
Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO — David Ortiz homered, Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Will Middlebrooks returned from the disabled list with two hits and two RBIs as Boston bounced back from an error-filled loss to the Yankees on Thursday. The Red Sox held a pregame meeting after making five errors in their 14-5 home defeat against New York.
“No one is proud of the way things unfolded (Thursday) night,” manager John Farrell said. “That was an ugly game.”
The Red Sox set season highs with 16 hits and eight extra-base hits as they roughed up left-hander Mark Buehrle (4-1), who was trying to become the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season with five straight wins.
Mets 4, Marlins 3
NEW YORK — Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, sending the New York Mets past the Miami Marlins.
After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth that put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets stung Marlins closer Steve Cishek.
Cishek (1-1) had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a single and moved up on a sacrifice.
Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu’s liner for the second out. Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.
Braves 5, Reds 4
ATLANTA — Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to continue another strong April, Ervin Santana earned his third win and the Atlanta Braves held off the Cincinnati Reds.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Roger Bernadina and walked Zack Cozart to open the ninth. Kimbrel struck out Brayan Pena and Chris Heisey before earning his seventh save on Joey Votto’s groundout.
First baseman Freddie Freeman made a long stretch for Chris Johnson’s throw from third base on Heisey’s groundball. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged first base umpire Vic Carapazza’s ruling that Freeman’s foot remained on the bag. The call was confirmed, ending the game.