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Nelson Hits Two Home Runs to Help Angels Avoid Sweep by Yankees

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Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Chris Nelson hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the New York Yankees 8-4 to avoid a four-game series sweep.

Nelson hit a solo homer in the fourth and followed with a grand slam in the eighth inning last night in the Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium.

Josh Hamilton hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. Alfonso Soriano tied the game in the third with a single that sent home Brett Gardner.

Erick Aybar scored on Hank Conger’s sacrifice fly to give the Angels a 2-1 advantage and Nelson followed with his solo home run. The third baseman’s grand slam put the Angels ahead 7-1 and J.B. Shuck added a run with his single in the eighth.

In the ninth inning, the Yankees added three runs on a Robinson Cano run-scoring single and a two-run double by Vernon Wells.

Soriano, who had driven in 13 runs in his previous two games, went 4-for-5 and is now hitting .296 since joining the Yankees on July 26 in a trade from the Chicago Cubs.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson (13-6) allowed one run on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, while Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes (4-12) took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits in six innings.

The Angels (54-66) are fourth in the American League West, 15 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers. The Yankees (62-58) are fourth in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox, who lost 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net