Yankees wallop Weaver over five innings

August, 15, 2013
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Jered Weaver, Alfonso SorianoRich Schultz/Getty ImagesThe Yankees collected nine hits and nine runs against Jered Weaver, who fell to 7-6 on the season.
NEW YORK -- Jered Weaver entered Wednesday's game with a 2.87 ERA.

He left with a 3.49 ERA.

The Yankees tattooed one of baseball's best starters on Wednesday night as they trounced the Angels 11-3 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees collected nine hits and nine runs in five innings off Weaver.

The damage mostly came with two outs. After Weaver sat down the first two batters in the first, the next four Yankees reached, capped by Alfonso Soriano's grand slam to put the Yankees up 4-0.

[+] EnlargeAlex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesAlfonso Soriano had another career day Wednesday.
In the second, with two outs and one on, the next five Yankees reached, and the Yankees went ahead 8-0 on a two-run double by Soriano. Weaver also served up another homer to Soriano in the fifth.

"Weaver's pitched extremely well. I thought we did a really good job," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You think about the first two innings, we had two outs and nobody on, and then we had two outs with a runner on first and we end up getting eight runs. A lot of big two-out hits from our guys."

DAILY A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with two runs scored Wednesday night, scoring in both the first and second innings. Rodriguez doubled to left in the first, keeping alive what turned out to be a four-run frame, and walked in the second. Rodriguez did not get booed as heavily as he has in the past week and a half.

ROMINE BROTHERS:
Yankees catcher Austin Romine opposed his older brother, Andrew, for the second time in his career. The two previously were on opposing sides when Austin made his career debut on Sept. 11, 2011 against the Angels. Andrew went 1-for-3 while Austin didn't play.

"It's been a while. It was fun. Nice to see him," Austin said. "I grew up with my brother and I only got to play with him once in high school when I was a freshman and he was a senior. Been a while since we played together. Did alright tonight, got a hit, it didn't hurt us. That's alright.

"He can get a hit, as long as it doesn't hurt us."

CAN-DO: Lost in the Soriano explosion was Robinson Cano, who matched the Yankees' single-season high with four hits. He went 4-for-4 against the Angels and now has 1,590 career hits, surpassing Phil Rizzuto for sole possession of 15th place in Yankees' history.

STREAKING: The Yankees have won consecutive series for the first time since early July. They are 5-1 on their seven-game homestand and have won four in a row. Their 25 runs over the last two games ties their season high for runs in a two-game span, previously done April 8-9 against Cleveland.

The Yankees will enter Thursday's finale no better than five games out of the second wild card.

"You just want to continue with this momentum," Girardi said. "We have our work cut out for us, but we're playing a lot of the teams in front of us. We're in our division a lot, going down the stretch here. Just try to ride this as long as you can."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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