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MAJOR LEAGUES: Mets' homer in 10th downs Angels 5-4

CROSS-STATE RIVALS At New York, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run for the fourth straight game and the Yankees beat the Padres 8-5 to snatch their sixth victory in a row


The Los Angeles Angels' Torii Hunter, left, is tagged out by New York Mets third baseman David Wright after getting caught in a rundown during the fifth inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday. At right is third base umpire Lance Barksdale.


Jerry Manuel got his first win managing the Mets when New York rallied to tie it in the ninth inning and Damion Easley homered in the 10th to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Wednesday.

Manuel, who replaced the fired Willie Randolph, lost his debut with the Mets on Tuesday night.

Down to their last out, the Mets made it 4-all in the ninth on David Wright’s RBI single off All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Easley connected with two outs off Justin Speier (0-4) for his second homer of the season.

Red Sox 7, Phillies 4

At Philadelphia, J.D. Drew tied a career-high with four hits and fell a triple short of the cycle as Boston beat Philadelphia in interleague play.

Drew hit a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third, had an RBI single in the fourth and singled in the sixth before tapping out in the eighth. He finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Justin Masterson (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, the shortest of his six career starts.

Tigers 7, Giants 2

At San Francisco, Placido Polanco had four hits, drove in two runs and scored three as Detroit knocked struggling San Francisco starter Barry Zito out after two innings.

Armando Galarraga (7-2) didn’t allow an earned run in six innings and struck out five.

Marcus Thames had his stretch of consecutive games with a home run end at five, which tied a team record. Still, his last eight hits have been homers.

Orioles 2, Astros 1, 10 innings

At Baltimore, Kevin Millar singled in the game-winning run in the 10th inning, and Baltimore handed Houston its seventh straight loss.

It was the fourth straight one-run game for the Orioles, three of them victories. Baltimore is 17-10 in one-run games compared to 13-31 last year.

Lance Berkman hit his 20th home run and had two of Houston’s five hits.

Rays 5, Cubs 4

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Andy Sonnanstine allowed three runs in five-plus innings for Tampa Bay.

B.J. Upton, Eric Hinske, Evan Longoria and Willy Aybar drove in runs off Carlos Zambrano (8-3) during Tampa Bay’s four-run third inning, helping the Rays clinch their ninth consecutive series at home.

White Sox 8, Pirates 2

At Chicago, backup catcher Toby Hall hit his first home run in two years and Carlos Quentin slugged his 17th this season for Chicago.

Mark Buehrle (4-6) gave up two runs and four hits with two walks in eight innings. He struck out three and threw only 96 pitches. He lost a no-hit bid in the sixth when Jose Bautista homered on the first pitch.

Royals 3, Cardinals 2

At St. Louis, David DeJesus and Alex Gordon hit solo home runs in the eighth inning to rally Brian Bannister and Kansas City.

Last in the AL Central, the Royals improved to 6-2 in interleague play and will try for a three-game sweep of their cross-state rivals on yesterday. Kansas City had been 0-37 this season when trailing after seven innings.

Braden Looper held the Royals scoreless on two hits until John Buck had an RBI single in the seventh. Reliever Kyle McClellan (0-2) had allowed only two home runs in 35 2-3 innings when he took over in the eighth with a 2-1 lead. DeJesus hit his eighth homer with one out. Gordon connected off the rookie right-hander with two outs for his eighth home run.

Twins 11, Nationals 2

At Minneapolis, Kevin Slowey (4-6) allowed one earned run and seven hits over six-plus innings and Justin Morneau had three RBIs for Minnesota.

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