Vernon Wells sunk his plastic fork into a slice of red velvet cake after the Angels' 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday in their interleague series finale at Citi Field.

It was a celebration, no doubt.

But the occasion was his son's sixth birthday and not the Angels winning two of the three in the series, or the offense's coming through with 11 hits or Wells going a season-best 3 for 4, or the former All-Star seeing his batting average crest above .200 for the first time since opening day.

"No, it's not for that (his .202 average), which is nowhere near where I want it to be," said Wells, who lugged in a .190 batting average before his two singles, three RBIs and seventh home run.

Through Saturday's 6-1 defeat. in which the Angels managed just five hits against Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey, the Angels had been held to one run or were shutout 20 times, and five hits or fewer 15 times.

On Sunday, the Angels broke the cycle early and often, beginning with leadoff batter Maicer Izturis' single up the middle. He scored on Wells' line drive into right field for the 1-0 lead.