The New York Yankees (10-7) fell behind early and could not erase the deficit as they fell to the Los Angeles Angels (9-8), 5-2, in the series opener on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Clarke Schmidt made his fourth start of the season and allowed four runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander remains winless as a starting pitcher in the big leagues.
New York generated just four hits, three of which were singles. The only runs came in the fourth inning. Anthony Volpe worked a bases-loaded walk, and Aaron Judge lifted a sacrifice fly.
The Yankees will try to bounce back and even the series on Wednesday with Jhony Brito on the mound. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.