ANAHEIM, Calif. - Make the loss about CC Sabathia all you want.
Mike Trout did in the Yankees Monday night.
Trout, looking like a speedy NFL wideout running a "go" route, chased down three long drives to steal extra-base hits, twice off the bat of Chris Young.
The All-Star centerfielder also hit a home run in leading the Angels to a 4-1 victory in front of 42,056 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Sabathia (3-8, 5.59) wasn't terrible, allowing four runs and six hits, including two homers, in 71/3 innings. Each of the first three runs off him scored with two outs: a double by Albert Pujols in the first inning, a tiebreaking homer by Trout in the third and a double by Kole Calhoun in the fifth. C.J. Cron led off the seventh with a home run.
The Yankees (41-36) hit lefty C.J. Wilson hard but squandered some opportunities, and had several taken away by Trout.
The Yankees' first chance against Wilson (6-6), who somehow allowed only one run in six sloppy innings, came in the first.
Brett Gardner, who was named the AL Player of the Week earlier in the day and went 3-for-5 to extend his hot streak to 25-for-50, hit the second pitch of the game to right-center for a double, his sixth double in the stretch.
Young flied to short right and Alex Rodriguez struck out. With Mark Teixeira at the plate, Gardner tried to advance on a ball that got away from Carlos Perez, but the catcher threw him out. Third-base umpire Jim Reynolds initially called Gardner safe but the call was overturned on a replay challenge.
The Angels (40-37) took the lead in a 23-pitch first. Leadoff man Johnny Giavotella singled but Sabathia responded by striking out Calhoun and Trout. Pujols, who came in with 15 homers and 30 RBIs in his previous 29 games, poked a first-pitch fastball to right for a double to make it 1-0. It was the 1,131st extra-base hit of Pujols' career, tying him with Tris Speaker for 13th all-time.
The Yankees, who stranded nine, scored their run in the third. Didi Gregorius worked a one-out walk and Gardner lined a single to left. Young, while not quite as hot as Gardner but still going pretty well -- 11-for-his-last-31 coming in -- lined one to center that Trout didn't seem to have a chance to catch at first. But he charged back and tracked it down, making a leaping stab just before the ball sailed over his head. Alex Rodriguez then came through, punching a 3-and-1 pitch to right for an RBI single that made it 1-1.
Trout untied it with two outs in the third, driving a 1-and-1 fastball well over the 396-foot sign in left-center for his 20th homer. He became the sixth AL player with four seasons of at least 20 homers before their age-24 season, joining A-Rod (1996-99), Ken Griffey Jr. (1990-93), Tony Conigliaro (1964-67), Mickey Mantle (1952-55) and Ted Williams (1939-42).
The Yankees nearly tied it in the fifth, but Trout denied them again. After Gardner smashed a one-out double off first baseman Cron, Trout again robbed Young, this time darting back and making another leaping catch on a drive to deep left-center. Young waved his hand in a dismissive fashion at Trout, who was all smiles.
With the score 3-1, Beltran singled to start the sixth, but Trout made it 3-for-3 on long runs, stealing a hit from Chase Headley by making a running catch of his drive to deep right-center.