A-Rod homers twice, Yanks crown Royals

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NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez homered twice, Kelly Stinnett drove in four runs and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 15-4 Saturday.

Miguel Cairo and Melky Cabrera also had three RBIs apiece for the Yankees, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings. Cairo tied a career high with four hits.

Tony Graffanino had two hits and drove in a run for Kansas City, which beat the Yankees 7-6 Friday night to snap a 13-game losing streak but has had little success in New York otherwise. The Yankees have won 15 of their last 16 games against Kansas City at Yankee Stadium.

They jumped on Royals starter Jeremy Affeldt (2-5) early. Cairo, Cabrera and Stinnett had consecutive run-scoring singles in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Stinnett added a three-run drive in the third. Rodriguez then led off the fifth with his 13th homer to make it 9-2. It was Rodriguez’s first multihomer game of the season and the 41st of his career. He also moved into a tie with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on baseball’s career list with 442 homers.

Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang (5-2) set down his first 11 batters before Doug Mientkewicz doubled with two outs in the fourth. He worked seven innings, allowing four runs and four hits. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2

TORONTO – Shea Hillenbrand homered in the 11th inning and give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

With one out, Hillenbrand homered to left off Jeff Nelson (0-1). It was Hillenbrand’s seventh homer of the season.

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Tigers 3, Indians 1

DETROIT – Justin Verlander pitched seven impressive innings and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer to help Detroit win its eighth straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

It was the Tigers’ 15th victory in its last 16 games. Detroit owns the major league’s best record at 35-14.

Twins 9, Mariners 5

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins turned the majors’ second triple play in 13 days to end a serious threat in the eighth inning, and Michael Cuddyer and light-hitting shortstop Juan Castro homered during a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Cuddyer’s two-run shot in the third off Jamie Moyer (2-5) helped erase a 4-1 deficit and give rookie Boof Bonser his first career win.

Mets 7, Marlins 4

MIAMI – Tom Glavine carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before allowing a hit and helped the New York Mets avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season by throwing 7 2-3 strong innings in a 7-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Glavine (8-2) struck out nine and walked none in winning his 283rd career game, tying him with Jim Kaat for 28th all-time. He left after allowing a two-run home run to Joe Borchard and a double to Hanley Ramirez in the eighth.

New York’s David Wright returned after sitting out Friday’s 5-1 loss to Florida with back spasms to match a career-high with four hits, including two doubles. He drove in two runs and scored another.

Florida starter Dontrelle Willis (1-6) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. He has now gone eight consecutive starts without a victory, the longest stretch of his career. The loss snapped Florida’s four-game winning streak.

Braves 2, Cubs 1

CHICAGO – Horacio Ramirez made his second start of the season a strong one, allowing seven hits and a run over seven innings to lead the Braves.

Atlanta’s Marcus Giles hit a two-run double in the second inning for all the scoring Ramirez would need.

Ramirez (1-0), who hurt his left hamstring running out a bunt single in his season debut April 4 at Los Angeles, didn’t appear rusty after a long layoff.

Dodgers 3, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON – Derek Lowe allowed one run over seven innings to win his second straight start, and Nomar Garciaparra singled in the deciding run in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lowe (3-3) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three.

Diamondbacks 7, Reds 0

CINCINNATI – Juan Cruz scattered four hits over six shutout innings for the second straight outstanding performance by an Arizona starting pitcher and Orlando Hudson hit his first National League home run to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-0 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Cardinals 4, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO – Sidney Ponson beat the team he almost joined last year and Scott Rolen hit a two-run double in the decisive third inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

Brewers 9, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA- Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall homered in the eighth inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers win their third straight road game with a 9-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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