Mariano Rivera is 41 years old, yet he has had minislumps like this current one many times before. He has allowed runs in three straight appearances -- including a three-run homer to Russell Branyan in the ninth inning Thursday -- but the Yankees held off the Angels, 6-5. Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning after Curtis Granderson hit his 32nd homer this season in the sixth inning. He had hit into two double plays before that. Bartolo Colon pitched six scoreless innings and Rafael Soriano continued to look good in his return from the disabled list by picking up the win in relief.
What started as such a promising series for the Mets turned mediocre as they blew a two-run lead and lost to the Padres, 3-2, on Thursday. Jon Niese wasted the advantage and had to watch the go-ahead run score on an error by Ruben Tejada. Lucas Duda's two-run double accounted for the Mets runs.