NEW YORK - Something has certainly clicked for Alfonso Soriano during his second stint in pinstripes.
Soriano homered twice for the second straight night and drove in a career-high seven runs, giving him 13 RBIs in two games while powering the suddenly potent Yankees to an 11-3 victory over the Angels on Wednesday.
"I know it's not going to happen often," Soriano said. "I hope I feel the same way tomorrow."
Soriano hit an early grand slam and became the third player to knock in at least six runs in back-to-back games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to STATS. The others were Texas' Rusty Greer in August 1997 and Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins in April 2001.
Soriano needed 144 at-bats to reach 13 RBIs this season with the Chicago Cubs on May 14. Back for another tour with the Yankees, it took him seven trips to the plate over nine innings the past two nights to match that number.
"Here it's like, more motivation," Soriano said. "All the players, they want to win."
"We just were laughing," teammate Robinson Cano said. "That's unbelievable. That's every player's dream."
Cano went 4 for 4 to pass Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto for 15th place on the franchise hits list, and the Yankees hammered Angels ace Jered Weaver (7-6) in opening an 8-0 cushion by the second inning for Ivan Nova (6-4).
Still looking to make a push in the crowded AL playoff chase, New York won its fourth straight and will go for a four-game sweep this afternoon.
Soriano hit his fifth career slam in the first, launching a drive onto the protective netting above Monument Park in center field. He added a two-run double with the bases loaded in the second and homered again leading off the fifth.
With the crowd of 38,379 chanting his name when he went back out to left field, he lifted his glove to acknowledge the cheers.