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A-Rod amasses four home runs, 10 RBIs

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2005

 

  New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez connects for an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The RBI was Rodriguez's 10th for the game. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez connects for an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The RBI was Rodriguez's 10th for the game.

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in his first three at-bats and became only the 11th major league player with 10 or more RBIs in a game, leading the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4 Tuesday night.

Each of his home runs came with two outs against Bartolo Colon (3-2) in the first four innings and drew rousing ovations from the Yankees' fans.

He added a run-scoring single in the sixth off Kevin Gregg and finished one RBI shy of the AL record of 11 set by the Yankees' Tony Lazzeri in 1936. The major league record of 12 is shared by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993).

Blue Jays 7, Devil Rays 5

TORONTO — Dewon Brazelton became the first pitcher in 56 years to start a major league career with an 0-13 road record, and the Devil Rays lost to the Blue Jays.

Brazelton (1-4), who made his 17th road start, allowed six runs — three earned — and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Third baseman Alex Gonzalez's throwing error helped the Blue Jays rally for six runs in the sixth.

The last pitcher to lose his first 13 road decisions had been Cincinnati's Kent Peterson, who lost his first 18 from 1947-49.

Alex Rios drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who ended a five-game losing streak.

Mariners 7, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Joel Pineiro allowed four solo homers but little else and helped Seattle beat Texas.

Pineiro (2-1) gave up five hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked one. Eddie Guardado got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

Adrian Beltre homered for the Mariners, and Richie Sexson, Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez each had three hits. Seattle had been limited to a total of three runs during a three-game losing streak before breaking out in a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Ryan Drese (2-2) allowed five runs, 11 hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Twins 2, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johan Santana won his 17th consecutive decision, moving within three of Roger Clemens' AL record as the Twins beat the Royals.

Santana (4-0) allowed one run and five hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked one. The AL Cy Young Award winner has not lost in 20 starts since a 2-0 defeat against Detroit last July 11.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Jose Lima gave up one run, five hits and three walks in 7 2-3 innings. Ambiorix Burgos (0-1) took the loss as Kansas City dropped its sixth straight, falling to a major league-worst 5-15.

Orioles 11, Red Sox 8

BOSTON — Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning — his fourth hit of the game — as Baltimore rallied from a five-run deficit.

Javier Lopez also hit a two-run homer in the eighth to hand Red Sox closer Keith Foulke (1-3) his first blown save this season.

Baltimore has won five straight and is seven games over .500 for the first time since 1998. The Orioles had not been in first place in the AL East this late in the season since 1997.

Foulke allowed four runs on four hits in one inning as the Red Sox lost for the fourth time in five games.

Athletics 9, White Sox 7

OAKLAND, Calif. — Former Athletics outfielder Jermaine Dye dropped a routine flyball by Marco Scutaro in right field for a two-base error in the eighth, then pinch-hitter Erubiel Durazo singled home Scutaro for the go-ahead run two batters later.

The White Sox missed a chance at their first nine-game winning streak since July 1-9, 1977.

The A's rallied with a three-run seventh to tie it, with Damaso Marte (2-1) balking in the tying run after Oakland got three straight hits to start the inning and chase starter Mark Buehrle.

Justin Duchscherer (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.



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