NEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano knows how to make an encore.
A night after hitting two home runs and driving in six runs, Soriano hit two more home runs and set a career high with seven RBIs, leading the New York Yankees to an 11-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium
"That's pretty hard to do," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't care how well you're swinging the bat. To have 13 RBIs in two days is really hard, but it's been huge for us."
Soriano hit a first-inning grand slam Wednesday, matched his total from Tuesday with a two-run double in the second inning and surpassed it with a leadoff home run in the sixth.
The RBI surge occurred after Soriano collected his 2,000th career hit Sunday.
"My 2,000th hit helped me a lot because after that, I (felt) relaxed," he said. "I have my family and friends, before I get my 2,000th, (asking) when am I going to get my 2,000th. They put a little pressure on me, but thank God that I did it, and now it's like I can play the game more relaxed."
In three games since reaching the milestone with a home run off Detroit ace Justin Verlander, Soriano is 6-for-12 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Soriano also became the third player to drive in at least six runs in consecutive games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920. The others were Rusty Greer for the Texas Rangers in 1997 and Geoff Jenkins for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001.
"It's been amazing," New York designated hitter Curtis Granderson said. "The guy's swinging a great bat."
"You have to make pitches," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't make pitches, and he made us pay. He's definitely swinging the bat well. He's had a good month these last two games."
Soriano posted his 35th career multi-homer game, his eighth as a Yankee. It's the third time he has had consecutive multi-homer games. The first instance was May 6-7, 2005, with the Rangers, and the other was May 16-17, 2008, with the Chicago Cubs.
"It's not easy," Soriano said. "Sometimes you only get one in one game, and I got 13 in two games, so I'm very excited, very happy."
Soriano's big day gave the Yankees a fourth straight win. New York remains 5 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second American League wild-card spot, but the Yankees feel a run is possible with similar showings from Soriano and others.
"I hope it stays for a couple of more weeks, but I know it's not going to happen often," Soriano said of his power surge. "Those two days are something I will remember because I've played for 13 years and I can't remember having those days."
Soriano also became the first Yankee to have consecutive multi-homer games since Jason Giambi on Aug. 28-29, 2005, against the Kansas City Royals.
"That's just unbelievable," New York second baseman Robinson Cano said.
While Soriano's night was the highlight in the win, others contributed.
Cano had four singles for his second four-hit game of the season, and he scored twice. Granderson added a RBI single, and Chris Stewart contributed a two-run base hit in the seventh.
Ivan Nova (6-4) capitalized on New York's fifth game with double-digit runs, improving to 5-2 since re-joining the rotation in late June. He allowed three runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
"I don't pitch with a lead like that for a long time," Nova said. "It feels good."
Angels starter Jered Weaver (7-6) had a personal four-game winning streak stopped, as he was tagged for season highs of nine runs and nine hits in five innings.
Mike Trout had two RBI singles, and Mark Trumbo added a run-scoring single for the Angels, who dropped their fourth straight and lost for the 14th time in 19 games.
NOTES: The record for most RBIs in a two-game span is held by a Yankees great, Tony Lazzeri. The Hall of Famer had four RBIs in the second game of a May 23, 1936, doubleheader in Philadelphia, then drove in 11 runs the next day against the A's. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter continued his recovery from a right calf injury by repeating his baseball activities from Tuesday, consisting of batting practice, fielding ground balls and light running in the outfield. Jeter will head to the team's minor league facility in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. ... SS Erick Aybar missed the game cramps in his left calf and is considered day-to-day, though the Angels expect him to play Thursday. ... The Angels recalled INF Andrew Romine from Salt Lake and optioned LHP Nick Maronde to the Triple-A club.