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After getting locked in with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs in the Yankees 14-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Alfonso Soriano stayed there on Wednesday when he connected for two more home runs and a set another new career-high with seven RBIs. That's right, four home runs and 13 total runs driven in over the two days, which is two short of the team's two-day RBI record set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936.
Soriano continued his rampage in Wednesday's 11-3 victory with a grand slam to straight away center field off Jered Weaver in the first inning. One inning later, he doubled in two more to push their lead to 8-0. In the fifth, the Angels were still pitching to him — likely because he was leading off — so he homered yet again. Then in his fourth plate appearance the Angels finally pitched around him a bit, though Soriano deserved credit for laying off a couple sliders that he typically flails at. He's definitely in a good place right now, both mentally and physically.
"Here, it's like more motivation," explained Soriano, who returned to the Yankees in a July 26 trade with the Cubs. "All the players, they want to win. When you put the Yankees uniform on, you know what it's all about. It's all about wins. That's all I take to the game every night."
Soriano became just one of three players in Major League history to drive in at least six runs in consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joining the Rangers' Rusty Greer in 1997 and the Brewers' Geoff Jenkins in 2001.
"It's not bad," Soriano quipped. "You don't see those days. I have to take those days, because it's not easy sometimes getting one RBI in one game. And I got 13 in two games. So I'm very excited, very happy.
The seven RBIs were also the most by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez (of course) on Oct. 4, 2009.
Walkoff sweep: The Arizona Diamondbacks finished off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a third straight walkoff victory on Wednesday. After Paul Goldschmidt tied the game and later won it with a home run in extra innings on Tuesday, Aaron Hill essentially did the same thing on Wednesday, only with singles. In the ninth inning, a one-out RBI single gave Jim Johnson his third consecutive blown save — and league-leading ninth overall. Five innings later, Hill singled again off newly acquired starter Bud Norris as Arizona finally celebrated the 4-3 victory.
Reds 5, Cubs 0: Cincinnati completes the sweep behind seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo.
Marlins 5, Royals 2: Three hits for Justin Ruggiano as he snaps of an 0 for 42 slump.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4: Miguel Cabrera homered for the fifth time in six games, because that's what Miguel Cabrera does. Even on one leg.
Indians 9, Twins 8 (12 inn.): Joe Mauer tied the game with a solo home run in the tenth and in the process tied a career-high with five hits. It wasn't enough, though, as Jason Giambi's three-run eighth inning home run helped Cleveland overcome an 8-4 deficit.
Rays 5, Mariners 4: Tampa Bay rallies for two in the ninth capped by Jason Bourgeois' game-winning single.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 1: Those worried that Pittsburgh's devastating loss on Tuesday would be their undoing can relax. Francisco Liriano has everything under control.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 (10 inn.): Walkoffs are in this week. Toronto wins on Brett Lawrie's tenth inning single.
Nationals 6, Giants 5: Denard Span dives to the rescue for Washington.
Braves 6, Phillies 3: Craig Kimbrel converted his 28th consecutive save attempt.
Rangers 5, Brewers 4: Texas plated three in the seventh to take Matt Garza off the hook.
Astros 2, A's 1: Same painful script for Oakland. Chris Young just missed a walk-off homer for the second straight game.
Dodgers 5, Mets 4 (12 inn.): Andre Ethier's ninth inning two-run homer tied the game for Los Angeles. Adrian Gonzalez later won it with — you got it — a walkoff single.
''He actually has a shin that's all black and blue. It's terrible, it's terrible looking, but it actually looked a little bit better today. He's still pretty sore. As a manager, you almost feel bad playing him. I can tell that he's hurting, but he wanted to play today, so I put him in there.''
— Jim Leyland on playing Miguel Cabrera.
The good times never end in LA. Adrian Gonzalez gets the latest Powerade bath.
• The Dodgers have won a franchise record 12 straight one-run games.
• The Phillies officially released Delmon Young.
• After blowing three saves in 54 chances last season, Jim Johnson has blown three consecutive saves two different times in 2013. (via ESPN Stats & Info)