By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — The chants for Mariano Rivera began after Boone Logan allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning and swelled while David Robertson warmed up one out later.
For at least one night, there would be no “Enter Sandman” and no career saves leader.
Robertson wriggled out of a bases loaded jam, preserving Hiroki Kuroda’s gem and the New York Yankees’ 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
“Just a day,” Rivera said. “Nothing’s wrong.”
The 43-year-old Rivera tossed 81 pitches the last five days in blowing three consecutive save chances, the roughest patch of his 19-year career. Rivera spoke with pitching coach Larry Rothschild before the game and said he could pitch but preferred a day off.
“Mo’s never going to back out on a situation. Never,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And that’s where a pitching coach and a manager — you have to manage a player. Sometimes they just need a day no matter if they want to go out there a lot.”
Fans chanted “We want Mo!” after Logan relieved to begin the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to J.B. Shuck that hit first base.
After Logan struck out Kole Calhoun, Robertson entered and heard cries for Rivera while he threw his warm-up pitches.
“A little different,” Robertson said. “It’s not easy to pitch when the crowd’s chanting ‘We want Mo!’ when you’re warming up.”
Robertson walked Mike Trout, and Josh Hamilton followed with a flare just beyond the reach of third baseman Alex Rodriguez for an RBI double.
Erick Aybar was intentionally walked to load the bases. Robertson then struck out Mark Trumbo and ex-Yankee Chris Nelson on a high, full-count pitch to end it for his first save this season.
“It was time for Robby to close, which he did good, too,” Rivera said.
Kuroda (11-7) tossed three-hit ball for eight shutout innings.
The Yankees’ most dependable starter, Kuroda has not allowed a run in five of his last seven outings to lower his ERA to 2.33. An Angels lineup missing the injured Albert Pujols reached base only four times against the Japanese right-hander. Kuroda struck out seven and walked one.
“I don’t know if you can expect anyone to be that dominant in this day and age when there’s a lot of ways teams can score runs, but he’s just been brilliant,” Girardi said of Kuroda. “He gave us those eight innings. We knew we needed a lot of distance out of him tonight.”
Curtis Granderson homered in the seventh inning and Brett Gardner had an RBI single in the third for New York, which has won three of four after losing four in a row. The Yankees have consecutive wins for the first time since winning three straight July 10-12.
Granderson connected off Garrett Richards for his third homer of the season in his 59th at-bat of an injury-plagued season.
“I’m getting there,” Granderson said. “There’s no way to mirror the four months I missed. The timing is not there right now.”
Richards (3-5) was impressive in his first start at Yankee Stadium since his big league debut in 2011. He allowed seven hits in eight innings and made several nice plays on comebackers.
“Garrett was terrific,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought he had really good stuff: mixed in his breaking pitches with his fastball. That was a terrific game for Garrett.”
Rodriguez started at third base for the second straight day for the first time since returning from hip surgery last week. The fickle New York fans gave him a mixed reception when he came to the plate it in the first, and cheered when he singled. But the boos grew as he hit into two 6-4-3 double plays, one in the fourth and another in the sixth, the latter with runners on first and second and one out.
Batting .221 in his first year with Los Angeles, Hamilton doubled to open the second, but grounded into a double play after Trout had an infield hit leading off the seventh for the Angels’ second hit.
“He kept us off balance,” Trout said of Kuroda. “A lot of fastball counts, he threw off-speed and, like I said, kept us off balance.”
Rodriguez got New York’s first hit, a leadoff single in the second, but he was caught running on Lyle Overbay’s strikeout to end a 10-pitch at-bat.
Eduardo Nunez singled with one out in the third, advanced on Chris Stewart’s groundout and scored on Gardner’s single.
RANGERS 2, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON — Yu Darvish was nearly perfect against the Astros once again, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and striking out a career-high 15 to lead the Texas Rangers over Houston 2-1 for their eighth straight win.
Darvish (12-5) dominated the Astros until Carlos Corporan lined a home run into the right-field seats with one out in the eighth for Houston’s only hit.
Until the homer, Houston’s lone runner came when rookie Jonathan Villar drew a two-out walk in the sixth. A pitch before the walk, Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa on a breaking ball he called low.
In early April, Darvish was one out away from a perfect game at Minute Maid Park before Marwin Gonzalez singled between his legs.
Darvish exited after the eighth, having increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 207.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save. Brett Oberholtzer (2-1) took the loss.
YANKEES 2, ANGELS 1
NEW YORK — Minus Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees used a pair of relievers to close out the Los Angeles Angels and preserve the win for Hiroki Kuroda.
Kuroda (11-7) tossed three-hit ball for eight shutout innings.
Rivera was given the night off after blowing three straight save chances, including one Sunday. Fans chanted “We want Mo!” after Boone Logan relieved to begin the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to J.B. Shuck.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game that he wanted to give Rivera a night off after the career saves leader pitched three times in the past five days.
David Robertson struck out Mark Trumbo and ex-Yankee Chris Nelson with the bases loaded for his first save this season.
Garrett Richards (3-4) took the loss.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 2
CHICAGO — Chris Sale scattered nine hits in his fourth complete game of the season, and the Chicago White Sox overcame Miguel Cabrera’s fourth homer in fourth games to beat the Detroit Tigers.
Josh Phegley, Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez singled in runs in a three-run fifth inning as Chicago handed AL Central-leading Detroit its third loss in four games.
Sale (8-11) struck out six and walked none, winning his second straight start after going 1-9 in his previous 11.
Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a homer in the first. The AL leader in batting, RBIs and runs scored is second in homers with 37.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (10-6) gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 0
MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Albers threw a two-hitter in his second career start and the Minnesota Twins backed him with a pair of home runs to beat Cleveland.
Albers (2-0) allowed just two singles, walked none and struck out two.
Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Twins win for the eighth time in 11 games.
Prized prospect Danny Salazar (1-1) gave up three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in four innings. The slumping Indians have lost seven of their last eight and are in danger of sliding out of the playoff chase.
ATHLETICS 5, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO — Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics topped Toronto.
Callaspo, who had a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 6-4 win, broke a 1-all deadlock with a bases-loaded double off closer Casey Janssen (4-1).
Ryan Cook (5-2) got two outs.
PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA — Cole Hamels took a shutout into the ninth inning, Cody Asche hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Monday night in a game overshadowed by a fatal fall at Turner Field.
A police spokesman said a man died after falling more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform to a parking lot. He said the fall occurred before 9 p.m. and appeared to be an accident.
Hamels (5-13) struck out nine with one walk while allowing six hits and one run as the Phillies snapped a streak of 11 straight road losses.
Asche, a left-handed hitter, pulled a fastball from Julio Teheran (9-6) about three rows deep into the right-field seats in the sixth inning.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel earned his 1,000th career win.
REDS 2, CUBS 0
CHICAGO — Mat Latos allowed six hits in eight innings, and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the seventh to lead Cincinnati over All-Star Travis Wood and Chicago.
Latos (12-3) struck out nine for the Reds, who are 13-1 in their last 14 games at Wrigley Field and gained a half-game on idle Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the NL Central.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 28th save in 32 tries to hand the Cubs their third straight home shutout loss. They have gone 32 2-3 innings without a run at Wrigley Field.
Phillips provided all the offense with his 15th homer of the season.
Wood (7-9) also went eight innings and allowed Phillips’ homer among four hits.
ROCKIES 14, PADRES 2
DENVER — Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight solid innings and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, leading Colorado past San Diego on a rainy night for its fourth consecutive victory.
D.J. LeMahieu had three hits, including a homer, a double and two RBIs in a game that included a 63-minute weather delay. Dexter Fowler went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, Wilin Rosario added three RBIs and Nolan Arenado had four hits and an RBI as the Rockies put up a season high in runs.
Chacin (11-6) worked out of first-inning trouble by inducing Yonder Alonso to ground into a double play with runners at first and third and one out.
Edinson Volquez (8-10) allowed eight runs on nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.