Baseball roundup: Rodriguez hits milestone slam

Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his grand slame in the eighth inning against the Braves Tuesday.

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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: At Toronto, Bryce Harper homered off the restaurant in center field, Danny Espinosa added a two-run blast, and Washington beat Toronto to extend its winning streak to five games.

RED SOX 2, MARLINS 1: At Miami, Clay Buchholz outpitched Mark Buehrle, and Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.

METS 11, RAYS 2: At St. Petersburg, Fla., 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.

REDS 7, INDIANS 1: At Cincinnati, 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.

ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 6: At Baltimore, 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.

ROYALS 2, BREWERS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Royals got a superb start from Luis Mendoza to spoil Zack Greinke's return to Kansas City with a win over Milwaukee.

RANGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Arlington, Texas , Colby Lewis threw a four-hitter, leading Texas over Arizona. Lewis (5-5) struck out seven and walked one as Texas ended Arizona's five-game winning streak.

WHITE SOX 6, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer, rookie left-hander Jose Quintana allowed one run over 51/3 innings and the streaking Chicago White Sox beat St. Louis.

TWINS 11, PHILLIES 7: At Minneapolis, Trevor Plouffe had a homer, a double and three RBIs to lead past Philadelphia.

CUBS 4, TIGERS 3: At Chicago, Darwin Barney had three RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs used shortstop Jhonny Peralta's two throwing errors in the eighth inning to push across the winning run in a victory over Detroit.

ATHLETICS 8, ROCKIES 5: At Denver, Bartolo Colon settled down after a rough start, Brandon Moss hit two home runs, including a towering shot off the facing of the third deck, and Oakland beat Colorado in the first meeting between the teams in three years.

DODGERS 5, ANGELS 2: At Los Angeles, former Angel Juan Rivera hit a three-run home run and Andre Ethier added his 500th career RBI in the eighth inning, helping the Dodgers rally to beat the Angels and end their 10-game road winning streak.

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