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June 12, 2012 - 10:55 PM

ATLANTA - Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam, matching Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig's record, and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Cory Gearrin two batters after Rodriguez connected against Jonny Venters.

CC Sabathia (8-3) left trailing 4-0 after seven innings but was the beneficiary of the rally. He gave up four runs on a season-high 10 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The Yankees, who matched their season high with their fifth straight win, have won 10 of 12. New York moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East, one game ahead of Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

The Braves wasted a strong start by Mike Minor and lost three straight.

NATIONALS 4, BLUE JAYS 2

TORONTO (AP) — Bryce Harper homered off the restaurant in centre field, Danny Espinosa added a two-run blast, and Washington beat Toronto to extend its winning streak to five games.

Jhonatan Solano added his first career homer for the Nationals, who improved to 6-2 in interleague play.

Washington also won a season-best five straight from April 10-14.

Jose Bautista hit a two-run shot, but the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped to 31-31. Toronto hasn't been below .500 this season.

Harper posted his second straight three-hit game, finishing 3 for 4. He has reached safely in eight of his past 10 plate appearances.

Chien-Ming Wang earned his first victory as a starter this season in his third attempt, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. Wang (2-2) walked five and struck out five. Tyler Clippard earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Henderson Alvarez (3-6) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. His winless streak extended to six starts.

RED SOX 2, MARLINS 1

MIAMI (AP) — Clay Buchholz outpitched Mark Buehrle, and Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.

The game was scoreless until Boston's Kelly Shoppach hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and came home on a single by Mike Aviles.

Logan Morrison hit a leadoff home run in the Miami seventh for the Marlins' lone run.

Buchholz (7-2) allowed five hits and struck out a season-high nine in seven innings.

Vicente Padilla escaped a jam in the eighth, and Alfredo Aceves closed for his 15th save in 18 opportunities for the Red Sox.

Buehrle (5-7) gave up five hits in seven innings but lost for the first time in interleague play since 2007, a span of 16 starts.

METS 11, RAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Young settled down after a shaky first inning to get his first win in more than a year and the New York Mets beat Tampa Bay.

Young allowed nine hits over 5 2-3 innings, walked two and struck out four in his second major league outing since returning from shoulder surgery that sidelined him most of last season. The right-hander won for the first time since beating Philadelphia on April 5, 2011 — his first start with the Mets.

Rookie Jordany Valdespin drove in a career-high four runs, three with a pair of two-out hits as New York's designated hitter. The Mets, swept last weekend by the crosstown Yankees, have scored a major league-leading 134 runs with two outs — nine in their first appearance at Tropicana Field in 11 years.

Valdespin's two-run single off Alex Cobb (2-3) put New York ahead 3-2 in the fifth. His two-out RBI double was the first big blow in the Mets' six-run seventh. Daniel Murphy followed with a two-run single that made it 6-2. Ike Davis added a three-run homer off J.P. Howell.

Cobb lost his third straight start after winning the first two following his promotion from Triple-A Durham. He allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

REDS 7, INDIANS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto allowed only one runner to reach second base during his second complete game of the season, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to lead Cincinnati over Cleveland.

Votto's shot in the seventh inning off Tony Sipp made it 57 straight games with at least one home run at Great American Ball Park, the longest active streak. Votto added an RBI single as the Reds pulled away in the eighth.

Cueto (7-3) gave up six hits, including Jason Kipnis' RBI single in the first, and fanned seven. He threw 122 pitches in the sixth complete game of his career.

Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth off Jeanmar Gomez (4-5).

The Reds won for the second time in the last eight games of the interleague series. Cleveland won five of six last season.

Cleveland's Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a seventh-inning single.

ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 6

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brian Roberts returned from a 13-month layoff to get three hits and an RBI, and Baltimore homered three times in a victory against Pittsburgh.

Activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, Roberts went 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Playing in the majors for the first time since sustaining a concussion on May 16, 2011, Baltimore's longtime leadoff hitter received a standing ovation in the first inning before lining a single up the middle.

The two-time All-Star second baseman also singled in the fourth and eighth.

Adam Jones had four hits, including a homer, and Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis also connected for the Orioles.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. The Taiwan native improved to 4-0 at Camden Yards. After Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Kevin Gregg, Jim Johnson got two outs for his 19th save.

Casey McGehee also homered for the Pirates, whose four-game winning streak ended. Pittsburgh fell out of a first-place tie with Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Brad Lincoln (3-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has allowed nine earned runs and 15 hits in two starts.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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