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A-Rod moves past Willie Mays as Yankees beat Orioles

May 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday and helping the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.

The victory extended the Yankees’ lead in the American League East to three games, while in the West, Houston went six games clear by beating their nearest rivals, the Los Angeles Angels.

St. Louis re-established its 6-1/2 game break atop the National League Central by downing the Chicago Cubs and Yasmani Grandal had a game to remember with eight RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee.

Rodriguez’s milestone shot came in the third innings, when he hit a line drive off Chris Tillman (2-4) just to the left of Monument Park in center field to give New York a 3-2 lead. ‘A-Rod’ almost reached 661 two innings earlier but Delmon Young reached over the top of the wall in right field to take a catch.

The slugger, who missed most of last season for a doping offence, pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.

Houston’s Preston Tucker singled home the tying run for his first major league hit and the Astros rallied with three runs in the ninth inning to edge the Angels 3-2.

The Astros increased their lead over the Angels to a season-best six games in the opener of a four-game series.

For the second straight night, L.A. closer Huston Street (2-1) blew a lead in the ninth.

He allowed consecutive RBI singles by Jake Marisnick and Tucker, who was making his big league debut, to tie it. After a walk loaded the bases, the Angels had a shot at an innings-ending double play but Jose Altuve beat the relay from shortstop as Marisnick scored the go-ahead run.

St. Louis pitcher John Lackey hit an RBI double to drive in a run for only the third time in his big league career and struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 win against the Cubs.

Lackey (2-1) allowed one run in a powerful performance as the majors-leading Cardinals made it nine wins in 10 games.

Jason Heyward singled three times with an RBI for St. Louis.

The Dodgers cruised to a 14-4 win at Milwaukee thanks chiefly to Grandal, who drove in eight runs, hit two homers and reached base six times.

Grandal’s two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning. He hit a three-run homer into the second deck in the eighth and launched another three-run shot in the ninth. Grandal went 4 for 4 with two singles and two walks.

L.A. starter Carlos Frias (3-0) gave up six hits in five innings.

Minnesota beat Oakland 6-5 to win its seventh game out of eight and move above a .500 winning percentage for the first time since 2010.

Eddie Rosario drove in two runs while Glen Perkins got four outs for his 10th save of the season.

Detroit’s Kyle Lobstein (3-2) allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings to steer the Tigers to a 4-1 win at the Chicago White Sox.

Miguel Cabrera scored twice and drove in a run for the Tigers, who bounced back after blowing a 6-3 eighth-inning lead on Wednesday.

Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first inning to set the Royals on their way to a 7-4 victory over Cleveland, and leave reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on a 0-5 season record.

Arizona opened a four-game series against San Diego with an 11-0 rout of the Padres, with Tuffy Gosewich doubling three times and driving in a career-high four runs.

Miami pitcher Dan Haren drove in two runs, scored two more and held San Francisico scoreless over the first six innings to almost single-handedly lead the Marlins to a 7-2 victory at the Giants.

Pittsburgh halted a five-game losing skid by beating Cincinnati 7-2, with A.J. Burnett limiting the Reds for seven effective innings.

Texas made it four successive wins by edging Tampa Bay 5-4, with Elvis Andrus having a two-run single in a four-run second inning.

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