- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees' offense woke up in a big way in a 14-7 pounding of the Angels on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The 14 runs tied the Yankees' season high set on April 9 against Cleveland. Their 19 hits set the season benchmark. Five different Yankees drove in runs, with Alfonso Soriano leading the charge with two homers and a career-best six RBIs. Alex Rodriguez belted a two-run double in the sixth.
Sabathia wins: CC Sabathia finally contributed to the Yankees' playoff push, winning for the first time since July 3. The Yankees had lost Sabathia's last six starts leading into this game, which tied his career-high winless streak. While Sabathia didn't dominate -- he walked six batters -- he showed improvement. He possibly could have had a scoreless outing, but the Yankees' defense was shoddy. Sabathia improved to 10-10 after giving up three hits and striking out seven in six innings.
Big night for Soriano: Soriano continues to strike out at a high rate as a Yankee, but he also is smashing the ball out of the park quite often. Soriano blasted a two-run shot in the fifth to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, and a three-run blast in the seventh to put the Yankees ahead 12-3. He also added an RBI single in the sixth. Soriano now has five homers in 16 games with the Yankees. He went 3-for-6 and scored three runs.
A-Rod cheered: It's the same thing for Rodriguez every night, as he gets cheered and booed based on what he does at the plate. He had the fans applauding him after his double in the sixth, but he was booed after striking out in his next at-bat. Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and has now driven in four runs on the season.
That's a bad call: The Yankees caught a huge break when it was ruled that Chris Nelson left too early for home on what would have been the game-tying sacrifice fly in the sixth. It appeared on television that Nelson had left at the proper time, but the Yankees threw back to third and he was ruled out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued the call, and apparently for all the right reasons.
The Yankees led 4-3 at the time, and went on to plate four runs in the bottom of the frame.
Snapping the streak: Vernon Wells sliced the Angels' lead to 2-1 with a homer in the second, ending a 64-game, 208 at-bat homer drought for the veteran. Wells last homered on May 15 against Toronto. He was 2-for-2.