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Baseball roundup: Rodriguez hits milestone slam

Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 11:51 p.m. MDT

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his grand slame in the eighth inning against the Braves Tuesday.        (Rick Yeatts, Getty Images) New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his grand slame in the eighth inning against the Braves Tuesday. (Rick Yeatts, Getty Images)

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.

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

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.

PADRES 5, MARINERS 4: At Seattle,Clayton Richards pitched seven strong innings, Everth Cabrera had an RBI triple in a four-run sixth and the Padres held off a late rally by the Mariners.

National League

GIANTS 6, ASTROS 3: At San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts and hit his first major league home run to lead the Giants to a victory over the Astros.

Clemens' fate in hands of jury

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens' fate is in the hands of a jury that will decide if the former pitcher lied about performance-enhancing substances.

The panel of eight women and four men began deliberations Tuesday after a day of closing arguments in the ninth week of the trial.

Clemens is charged with lying when he told Congress in 2008 that he never used steroids and human growth hormone.

The trial's key witness was Clemens' longtime strength coach. Brian McNamee spent a week on the stand and said he injected Clemens with both steroids and HGH.

Clemens' lawyers spent much of the trial attacking McNamee's credibility and did so again during their final statements to the jury.

The prosecution conceded in its closing that McNamee is a "flawed man."

DODGERS SIGN ETHIER TO NEW DEAL: The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Andre Ethier to an $85 million, five-year deal through 2017 on Tuesday, keeping him and Matt Kemp together in the middle of the lineup.

It's the team's first major move under a new ownership group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson.

The new deal includes salaries of $13.5 million for next year, $15.5 million for 2014, $18 million each for 2015 and 2016 and $17.5 million for 2017.

GIANTS HAVE NO PLANS TO REST LINCECUM: The Giants have no plans to rest struggling right-hander Tim Lincecum or send him to the bullpen to work out his problems.

The two-time NL Cy Young award winner is winless over his last eight starts. Lincecum has a 6.00 ERA that is the highest on San Francisco's staff.

Lincecum has lost five straight decisions and is 2-7 this season after Texas tagged him Sunday.

Lincecum's next scheduled start is Saturday in Seattle, where he lives in the offseason.

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