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The Bronx Bombers may finally be a suitable nickname.

The New York Yankees seek their fourth straight win when they host the Los Angeles Angels and one of baseball's hottest pitchers Wednesday night.

The Yankees (61-57) have 11 home runs in their last six games, already surpassing their total from their previous 30 contests.

They rallied from an early 2-0 deficit Tuesday to beat the Angels 14-7 behind a season-high 19 hits - including three home runs.

"We got behind tonight and were able to come back, and we were able to tack on runs and put up 10 runs in three innings and that's something we haven't done a whole lot of this year," manager Joe Girardi said. "It is encouraging."

Alfonso Soriano had two of those homers and a season-high six RBIs, while Vernon Wells hit his first home run since May 15 and recorded his third multi-hit performance in five games.

"It felt more like the old days," Soriano said.

Wells was hitting .301 with 10 home runs on May 15, before batting .199 over 64 consecutive games without a home run.

New York's power surge could be bad news for Jered Weaver, who allowed two homers in his last appearance after yielding two over his previous eight starts spanning 55 2-3 innings.

A victory Wednesday would give Weaver (7-5, 2.87 ERA) the most wins of any pitcher since the start of July.

He is 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 10 walks in eight starts since the beginning of July. That carried into Cleveland Friday, when he surrendered two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory. The right-hander finished strong, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

That outing at Progressive Field marked one of his better performances on five days' rest. Weaver will be back to four days' rest Wednesday, from which he has posted a 1.91 ERA while giving up three home runs and six walks in 42 1-3 innings. He has a 4.04 ERA with seven home runs and 16 walks allowed in 49 innings on five days' rest.

Weaver is looking to break a string of bad starts against the Yankees.

On May 28, 2012, he limped off the mound at Angel Stadium with a back injury after just 12 pitches. He has allowed five runs apiece in two subsequent starts against New York, including June 16, when he gave up five runs and four walks in six innings.

Alex Rodriguez, who has four RBIs in his last three games, is 8 for 24 with five homers off Weaver.

Ivan Nova (5-4, 2.93) will try to help send the Angels (53-65) to their fourth straight loss and eighth in 10 games.

After posting a 5.79 ERA through his first five starts this season, Nova has a 1.60 ERA since rejoining the rotation July 5. The right-hander has allowed one home run over his last 43 innings.

He's just 3-2 during that span due to an offense that has provided him with five runs over his last four starts. Nova failed to record a decision Friday despite limiting Detroit to one run in seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

He went 2-1 with a 7.23 ERA in three starts against the Angels last season. Nova surrendered six home runs in those games, including three in his last meeting July 15, 2012.

Mark Trumbo, who hit his team-best 26th homer Tuesday, is 8 for 13 with two home runs against Nova.

Tagged: Angels, Yankees, Jered Weaver, Ivan Nova

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