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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Gary Sanchez hit a two-run home run, CC Sabathia pitched seven more effective innings and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Sunday night for their ninth straight win.

Sanchez launched a pitch from Tyler Skaggs (3-2) in the fourth inning into the stands in left field for his seventh homer. The ball went 447 feet and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Sabathia (2-0) gave up one run, five hits and a walk while striking out four. The 37-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.71 and has allowed just one earned run in three starts since returning from a right hip injury.

New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, center, watches his two-run home run along with Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, left, and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Chad Green struck out Zack Cozart to escape a jam in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got his sixth save by striking out Rene Rivera and Ian Kinsler to end it after issuing a one-out walk to Chris Young.

Justin Upton scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to make it 2-1.

Though the Yankees did not record a hit in the first three innings, they kept Skaggs busy. Brett Gardner opened the game with a nine-pitch groundout, and Skaggs was at 42 pitches after getting through the second inning. Skaggs made it 5 1/3 innings before departing, allowing two runs, three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: INF Brandon Drury (migraines) could rejoin the team during its four-game series at Houston following a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Angels: Shohei Ohtani (ankle) played catch Sunday and could throw a bullpen session Monday, manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels have not announced their rotation past Tuesday’s opener against Baltimore, leaving open the possibility Ohtani could start during the three-game series against the Orioles.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray (1-1, 7.71) will start at the Astros on Monday. Gray has not made it out of the fifth inning in four of his five starts this season. He gave up three runs, six hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Minnesota on Wednesday.

Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2, 4.67) will start against Baltimore on Tuesday. Tropeano has gone 5 1/3 innings in each of his last two starts, allowing five runs in a loss against Boston on April 19th and four runs in a loss at Houston on Wednesday.

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New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, reaches to tag New York Yankees' Brett Gardner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Gardner was called out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, reaches to tag New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Gardner was called out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, left, and Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols laugh after Pujols grounded out to Sabathia during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, left, and Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols laugh after Pujols grounded out to Sabathia during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols hits a single as New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. That single put Pujols at 2,996 career hits. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a single as New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. That single put Pujols at 2,996 career hits. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, breaks his bat as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Trout made it to first on the play on a throwing error by shortstop Didi Gregorius. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, breaks his bat as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Trout made it to first on the play on a throwing error by shortstop Didi Gregorius. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia yells as he gets out of the fourth inning after giving up one run in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia yells as he gets out of the fourth inning after giving up one run in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fans cheer after Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols hit career hit 2,996 during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fans cheer after Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hit career hit 2,996 during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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