New York — Once again, the hits came in a hurry for the Los Angeles Angels.

New York — Once again, the hits came in a hurry for the Los Angeles Angels.

Gary Matthews Jr. lined a two-run triple that gave the Angels yet another fast start and Kelvim Escobar made the early lead stand up, beating the Yankees 3-1 yesterday.

The AL West leaders took a familiar route, rushing to a 3-0 edge off Chien-Ming Wang before Escobar threw a pitch. They've now outscored opponents by an impressive 52-19 in first innings this season.

Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 10 games and did it without manager Mike Scioscia, who was back in California for his son's high school graduation. Bench coach Ron Roenicke ran the team, and will do it again today when the Angels go for the sweep.

The Yankees lost for the sixth time in nine games.

"As soon as you put this uniform on, there's pressure. I don't understand what more pressure is," manager Joe Torre said. "We certainly haven't played up to our expectations, and we're all accountable."

Yankees fans were restless from the get-go, and started booing after Matthews tripled and Casey Kotchman followed with an RBI single. Pitching coach Ron Guidry went to the mound at that point and Wang (3-4) settled down, but it was too late.

Escobar (6-2) struck out eight, getting many of them in key spots, limiting the Yankees to one run on six hits.

"For some reason we have good results here," he said. "When you play in Yankee Stadium, you know the atmosphere and crowd is going to get to a different level."

Wang lasted eight innings and struck out a season-high six. Eager to get Mariano Rivera some work, the Yankees closer pitched the ninth.