Melky Cabrera paced the Yankees past the Angels on a foggy, drizzly night in the Bronx, defeating the team that has always tormented the Yankees, 7-4.

After Angels manager Mike Scioscia walked Nick Swisher to load the bases with one out, Cabrera plopped a RBI single, followed by Ramiro Pena’s first MLB RBIs coming off a double to deep right field. This would be all the Yankees needed against the Angels as the Sandman came in the top of the ninth to clinch his fifth save of the year.

Hideki Matsui started the offense for the Yankees tonight with a RBI single in the first inning, bringing home Mark Teixeira. Johnny Damon became the latest Yankee to homer into right field in the third and Derek Jeter singled to right field, right at Bobby Abreu, who promptly had an error and allowed two Yankee runners to score.

Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 17 games dating back to last season. Cano has been one of the bright spots in the lineup lately, as has been Jeter and Swisher. Jeter also earned his 1,014th RBI, moving him past Bob Meusel into 10th place on the Yankees career list.

Starting pitcher AJ Burnett went seven innings tonight, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs, while throwing 108 pitches (66 for strikes).

Andy Pettitte will face Jered Weaver Friday night at 7:05pm.

New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
D Jeter SS 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 .287
J Damon LF 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 .295
B Gardner CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220
M Teixeira 1B 4 1 1 0 1 1 5 .200
H Matsui DH 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .292
R Cano 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .366
J Posada C 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .275
N Swisher RF 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 .312
M Cabrera CF-LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .327
R Pena 3B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .269
Totals 34 7 12 6 5 3
BATTING
2B: M Teixeira (3, A Ortega); J Posada (6, J Speier); R Pena (1, J Speier)
HR: J Damon (4, 3rd inning off A Ortega 0 on, 1 Out)
RBI: H Matsui (9), J Damon (10), D Jeter (12), M Cabrera (9), R Pena 2 (2)
2-out RBI: H Matsui, D Jeter
GIDP: M Cabrera, M Teixeira
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: M Teixeira 2, R Pena 1, J Damon 1, R Cano 1
Team LOB: 8
BASERUNNING
SB: M Cabrera (2, 2nd base off A Ortega/M Napoli)
FIELDING
DP: 1 (R Pena-R Cano-M Teixeira).
New York Yankees
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
A Burnett 7.0 8 4 4 1 5 1 108-66 5.40
P Coke (W, 1-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 18-13 3.72
M Rivera (S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 14-10 2.79
Totals 9.0 9 4 4 1 8 1 140-89
PITCHING
WP: A Burnett
Batters faced: A Burnett 27; P Coke 3; M Rivera 4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: A Burnett 11-3; P Coke 1-1; M Rivera 1-0
Game Scores: A Burnett 49