The Angels certainly are playing the right team at the right place to launch a winning streak.

They beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Saturday at Angel Stadium in front of 40,486 to extend their winning streak to three games and continue their home-field domination. It was their 27th win over the Yankees in their last 39 games at home against the perennial American League contenders.

Howie Kendrick continued his blazing hitting with a 3-for-3 day and a walk, giving him 21 hits in his last 37 at-bats and a .419 average in his last 29 games. Mike Trout reached base four times and scored twice and Tommy Hanson struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

The Angels still have a long way to go before they can use the word "contention" in a sentence, but three wins in hand, a finale against the Yankees today and seven more home games has set them up to at least hum the word.

"We did a good job," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The last two games especially, on defense, in the bullpen and the starters getting deep.

"Tommy pitched a great one, especially since they were pressuring him with bunts and steals. When he needed a big pitch, he made one."

The biggest one for Hanson came in the seventh. The Angels led 3-2 when Ichiro Suzuki bunted for a single and stole second and third with no outs.

Scioscia left Hanson in to face Thomas Neal and Hanson struck him out. The Angels manager then summoned left-hander Scott Downs to face left-hander Reid Brignac, and Downs getting him on a full count breaking ball. Right-hander Michael Kohn then struck out Chris Stewart on three pitches.
"That was the most confident I felt all year," said Hanson, acquired in the offseason but slowed by injuries early. "I'm getting back into a rhythm.

"I threw the ball well in the bullpen (before the game) and carried it over into the game."

Neal, Brignac and Stewart hardly conjure images of the Bronx Bombers. New York is handcuffed by injuries. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez haven't played a game, Curtis Granderson has a broken wrist, Kevin Youkilis just went on the disabled list for the second time and Mark Teixeira missed two months with torn tissue in his right arm. He left Saturday's game with a strain in the same area.

But Saturday's win still required quality efforts.

"Yeah they're banged up, but they've been pitching well and have a deep bullpen and have been able to hang on to leads," Scioscia said. "We needed to be in a position where we had a lead late when we could hand the ball to our bullpen."

The unreliable 'pen was solid Saturday. Besides Downs and Kohl, Kevin Jepsen had a 1-2-3 eighth and Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth.