NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira launched more long home runs, CC Sabathia dominated into the late innings and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 Tuesday night for their seventh win in a row.

Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game, connecting for a two-run shot in the first inning. It was the 558th of his career, putting him five behind Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all-time list – before the game, A-Rod and Mr. October visited in the clubhouse.

Athletics 4, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer during a four-run 11th inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1.

Holliday hit his fifth homer of the season on a two-out, 3-2 pitch from Joe Nelson.

White Sox 6, Twins 2

CHICAGO – Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer and Mark Buehrle pitched seven solid innings to help the Chicago White Sox snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Jermaine Dye homered and Jim Thome added a two-run double in the seventh for the White Sox, who won for just the fourth time in 16 games.

Tigers 4, Rangers 0

DETROIT – Dontrelle Willis earned his first victory with the Detroit Tigers, allowing one hit while working into the seventh inning in a 4-0 win against the Texas Rangers.

Willis (1-0) struck out five in 6 1-3 innings in his second start since coming off the DL.

Royals 6, Indians 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen hit back-to-back home runs off Indians closer Kerry Wood and Willie Bloomquist capped the four-run ninth inning with a game-winning sacrifice fly as the Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland 6-5.

David DeJesus tripled to score pinch-runner Mitch Maier to tie it at 5 after the home runs. e Bloomquist’s flyball to right scored DeJesus.

Phillies 4, Reds 3

CINCINNATI – Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard hit a solo homer, and left-hander Cole Hamels stayed unbeaten against the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night, the Phillies’ fifth in a row.

The NL East leaders matched their best winning streak of the season with a solid performance by Hamels (2-2), who allowed five hits in six innings.

Brewers 4, Astros 2

HOUSTON – Dave Bush pitched six solid innings to remain unbeaten and Trevor Hoffman earned his 10th save, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Houston Astros 4-2 for their seventh straight win.

J.J. Hardy drove in two runs for Milwaukee and Prince Fielder had an RBI and two runs scored. Bush (3-0) allowed two runs and seven hits for the NL Central leaders, who have won 13 of 15.

Braves 8, Rockies 1

ATLANTA – Jair Jurrjens pitched seven strong innings and Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 8-1.

Jurrjens (4-2) lowered his ERA to 1.96 by scattering three hits and allowing one run in seven innings

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 3

MIAMI – Mark Reynolds homered leading off a five-run seventh and Jon Garland pitched six strong innings to help lift the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Florida Marlins 5-3.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS – Joel Pineiro threw a three-hitter for his first shutout in six seasons and first complete game since 2006 as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game slide with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Pirates 8, Nationals 5

WASHINGTON – Adam LaRoche had a two-run double in the 10th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their season-high fourth straight, an 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals, who lost their sixth in a row.

The Pirates are averaging 9.5 runs in their last four games, including 11 against Colorado on Sunday and 12 against the Nationals on Monday.


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