Rodriguez homer brings Rays streak to 5
AP Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Sean Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs, helping the streaking Tampa Bay Rays extend their longest winning string this year to five and hand the New York Yankees their season-worst fifth straight loss, 6-3 Wednesday.
Ben Zobrist doubled twice among his three hits for the Rays, but ran into two outs. With manager Joe Maddon encouraging his team to be more aggressive on the bases, Rodriguez was thrown out trying to stretch an RBI single to the wall in right field in the fourth.
The Rays won all three games at Yankee Stadium for their first road sweep since taking three in the Bronx from September 24-26.
The Rays improved to 11 games under .500 for the first time in a month after falling 18 under on June 10. New York is below .500 at 41-42 for the first time since April 11.
Nationals 4, Rockies 3 After a replay review, Ian Desmond's solo homer provided the go-ahead run for Washington and the victory that finished off a three-game sweep.
Jayson Werth also homered for Washington, which has won a season-high five straight.
Right-hander Matt Belisle (2-4) came on to face Desmond with one out in the seventh. Desmond's hit appeared to bounce off the top of the wall in right center, then off the railing in front of the first row and onto the field.
He ended up on third, but after a review that took 3:42, Desmond was given his 15th homer.
Mariners 5, Astros 2 Logan Morrison drove in two runs in a big sixth inning and Chris Young pitched seven strong innings as Seattle completed a three-game sweep.
The Mariners were down by two before a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by Morrison's double to right field off Brad Peacock (2-5) that put them on top. James Jones scored on a wild pitch in the inning and John Buck had an RBI single.
Young (8-4) allowed two hits — both solo homers — and struck out a season-high eight. It was his most strikeouts since he fanned nine against Colorado in 2012. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save.
Blue Jays 7, Brewers 4 Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning as Toronto dealt Milwaukee its third straight loss.
Jose Bautista and Juan Francisco also connected for the Blue Jays, who have hit a major league high 113 home runs this season.
Facing Will Smith (1-1), Jose Reyes led off the ninth with a double that left fielder Elian Herrera dove for but couldn't handle. Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked and Brandon Kintzler came on to face Anthony Gose, who failed to advance the runners with a bunt when Reyes was forced at third.
Tigers 9, Athletics 3 Torii Hunter hit three RBI singles and capped a six-run burst in the sixth inning that propelled Detroit to finish a three-game sweep.
The three-time AL Central champion Tigers won for the 11th time in 13 games. The division leaders reached the halfway mark with a 47-34 mark.
Oakland still has the best record in the majors despite its stumble at Comerica Park.
Justin Verlander (7-7) won for the first time since May 30. He looked like he might be in trouble when Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss hit long homers off him in the first inning, but left after the sixth with a 9-2 lead.
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