NEW YORK -- Chris Nelson highlighted his first career multi-home run game with an eighth-inning grand slam and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim salvaged the finale of the four-game series at Yankee Stadium with an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday.
Nelson, who had 36 at-bats in 10 games for the Yankees in May, also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning against New York starter Phil Hughes (4-12). That was Nelson's first home run since Sept. 14 and it capped a 10-pitch at-bat after he fouled off the previous four pitches.
In the eighth against left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Nelson did not wait long to put the game out of reach. After taking a slider for strike one, Nelson drove the next slider into the left field seats.
Josh Hamilton, Hank Conger and rookie Grant Green also drove in runs as the Angels stopped a four-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in 20 games. Hamilton had an RBI single in the first inning, Conger preceded Nelson's first home run by lifting a sacrifice fly and Green added an RBI double off Joba Chamberlain.
C.J. Wilson (13-6) won his fifth straight decision, allowing one run despite giving up 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He performed his best toward the latter part of his 124-pitch outing, holding the Yankees to one hit in their final eight at-bats with men on base.
Wilson's most challenging inning was the third when he gave up four hits. He loaded the bases by allowing singles to Alfonso Soriano, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez but ended the threat with an inning-ending double play to former Angel Vernon Wells.
Wilson threw 16 pitches in the seventh and left with a runner on first after Soriano had singled to left with one out. After retiring Cano, Rodriguez flied out to center against Kevin Jepsen before the Angels scored five in the eighth.
The Angels used four other relievers after Jepsen and had the tying run on deck after Dane De La Rosa gave up a two-out, two-run double to Wells and walked Curtis Granderson. But Eduardo Nunez grounded out to end it.
Hughes dropped his fifth straight decision, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. He also lost or the 10th time in 12 decisions spanning the last three months.
Soriano had four hits for the Yankees, who had a four-game winning streak stopped and dropped six games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Rays were hosting Seattle Thursday night.
NOTES: LHP David Huff was added to New York's roster and the club optioned RHP Dellin Betances to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room on the 40-an roster, RHP David Phelps was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Phelps has been on the DL since July 6 with a strained right forearm. ... SS Derek Jeter headed to Tampa to continue his recovery from a calf injury at the team's minor league complex. The Yankees do not expect him to be activated Sunday. ... Angels OF Mike Trout has reached base safely in 37 straight games, the longest active streak in baseball and the second longest in team history. ... Wilson was the sixth pitcher in Angels history to allow one run despite giving up at least 11 hits.