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A-Rod ends nightmare streak as Yankees sneak past Detroit

THREE-HITTER The New York third baseman broke his dry spell with a home run and two more hits in support of Randy Johnson to secure the victory

AP , NEW YORK

American LeagueAlex Rodriguez snapped out of a 1-for-24 slump with three hits, including his 27th home run, backing Randy Johnson and leading the New York Yankees over the Tigers 6-4 on Thursday.

Rodriguez homered leading off the seventh inning and was called out of the dugout for a curtain call by Yankee fans, who have jeered him for much of the season. Robinson Cano followed with a double and scored on a single by Bernie Williams, who had two RBIs.

Twins 3, Royals 1

In Minneapolis, Johan Santana dominated struck out 11 in seven innings to help the Twins end a three-game losing streak.

Rondell White homered for the Twins, who moved within five games of first-place Detroit in Major League Baseball's American League Central Division and one-half game behind Chicago in the AL wild-card race.

Devil Rays 5, White Sox 3

In Chicago, Jorge Cantu hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the White Sox 5-3 Thursday to keep Chicago from pulling within 3 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

Chicago led 3-2 before Dioner Navarro's eighth-inning homer off Matt Thornton.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

At Boston, Alex Rios gave the Red Sox an unusual lift that stopped Boston's six-game losing streak.

Trying to catch Alex Cora's seventh-inning fly about 10 feet from the right-field fence, Rios juggled the ball and accidentally knocked it over the wall for a two-run homer that boosted the reeling Red Sox over Toronto.

Dustin Pedroia was on first when Cora came to the plate with two outs and the score 4-4. Cora, who had not homered in 245 at-bats since Aug. 15, 2005, lofted a fly to right against Roy Halladay (16-5).

An angry Halladay gestured in exasperation back in the infield. Cora was 0-for-8 in his career against Halladay before his homer.

Rangers 7, Orioles 5

At Arlington, Texas, Gary Matthews Jr led off with a disputed home run to quickly end Daniel Cabrera's scoreless streak and Texas beat Baltimore.

Mark Teixeira homered in his third straight game for Texas. Carlos Lee had a home run and an RBI double, but was also charged with an error when he knocked a ball out of Matthews' glove in the outfield that led to an unearned run.

Nick Markakis had a double and his 10th home run in August, the most by an Orioles rookie in a month. Markakis is 30-for-74 (.405) his last 19 games.

National League

AP, WASHINGTON

Two blown late-inning leads culminating in a game-ending wild pitch overshadowed Ryan Howard's franchise record 49th homer and kept the Philadelphia Phillies from tying San Diego for the National League wild-card lead.

Marlon Anderson scored from third base on Aaron Fultz's wild pitch in the 10th inning, giving the Washington Nationals a 6-5 victory Thursday.

Philadelphia led 4-2 in the ninth before Felipe Lopez's two-run, two-out single off Arthur Rhodes.

Giants 8, Braves 6

At Atlanta, Matt Morris won on the road for the first time in six tries, ending a six-game home winning streak for John Smoltz and leading San Francisco over Atlanta.

Mark Sweeney hit a two-run single in a three-run sixth that knocked out Smoltz (12-7), who gave up a season-high seven runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He had been 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his previous six home starts since a June 7 loss to Washington.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 2

At St. Louis, Chris Duncan hit a tying pinch homer and Scott Rolen singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, leading St. Louis over Florida.

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