ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons as known as one of the finest defensive shortstops in the majors, though that hardly means he doesn’t enjoy swinging the bat well.
The Angels shortstop enjoyed his offensive output plenty Wednesday night, drilling a two-run homer in the seventh to snap a tie game and lead Los Angeles to a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees.
“It’s nice to contribute offensively,” Simmons said.
Simmons fell to one knee to hit his seventh home run and ruin the major league debut of New York right-hander Ronald Herrera (0-1).
“I was on it the whole way, but it just kept going lower and I wanted to stay with it,” he said.
Danny Espinosa also hit a two-run homer for the Angels, and Gary Sanchez a three-run shot for the Yankees.
Blake Parker (2-2) earned the victory in relief. Angels starter Matt Shoemaker left the game in the fourth inning with what the team called tightness of his right forearm extensor muscle.
“I’m just really annoyed and frustrated by it,” Shoemaker said. “I’m not really concerned about it at all.”
Powered by the Sanchez three-run homer, the Yankees scored four times in the first but could add only one other run the rest of the night.
After winning six consecutive games, the Yankees dropped the last two and the series to the Angels.
“We had chances to win every game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We had a lot of opportunities tonight. We just didn’t get it done.”
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius’ infield single in the fourth pushed his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.