This Yankees team typically can’t afford to make the same mistakes its predecessors have made.

With a lack of offensive firepower shaky defense and an early deficit often spells doom in The Bronx.

But last night led by Alfonso Soriano’s two homers the lineup finally busted out and provided enough to give the Yankees their first three-game winning streak in over a month with a 14-7 thumping of the Angels.

“I think everyone’s been waiting for this” Curtis Granderson said. “The potential is there it’s just a matter of finally getting everybody back and getting guys clicking. It’s a good start a good sign.”

And that’s all it was.

“There’s still a lot of pressure” Granderson said. “Everyone knows what’s at stake here.”

Even riding their longest winning streak since beating the Royals three straight July 10-12 the Yankees are 5 1/2 games back of the second wild card.

But getting a victory from CC Sabathia who had not won since July 3 and six RBIs from Soriano who hadn’t done much since arriving in a trade from the Cubs before the trade deadline at least gives them a glimmer of hope.

They also overcame three errors — and three misplayed pop-ups down the right-field line.

Joe Girardi was none too pleased with the defensive miscues.

“I wasn’t real happy” Girardi said. “It’s a tough play but I think our guys are capable of making that play and I’ll leave it at that.”

It didn’t come back to hurt the Yankees thanks in part to a questionable call by home plate umpire David Rackley to end the top of the sixth.

Clinging to a 4-3 lead Sabathia loaded the bases and Tommy Field lofted a fly ball to left with one out. Ex-Yankee Chris Nelson appeared to score on the play but Austin Romine threw back to Jayson Nix at third and Rackley ruled Nelson left the base too soon and called him out.