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

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.

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