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POSTED June 13, 2012 2:10 a.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — 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

TORONTO (AP) — 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.

Jhonatan Solano added his first career homer for the Nationals, who improved to 6-2 in interleague play.

Washington also won a season-best five straight from April 10-14.

Jose Bautista hit a two-run shot, but the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped to 31-31. Toronto hasn’t been below .500 this season.

Harper posted his second straight three-hit game, finishing 3 for 4. He has reached safely in eight of his past 10 plate appearances.

Chien-Ming Wang earned his first victory as a starter this season in his third attempt, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. Wang (2-2) walked five and struck out five. Tyler Clippard earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Henderson Alvarez (3-6) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. His winless streak extended to six starts.

RED SOX 2, MARLINS 1

MIAMI (AP) — Clay Buchholz outpitched Mark Buehrle, and Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.

The game was scoreless until Boston’s Kelly Shoppach hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and came home on a single by Mike Aviles.

Logan Morrison hit a leadoff home run in the Miami seventh for the Marlins’ lone run.

Buchholz (7-2) allowed five hits and struck out a season-high nine in seven innings.

Vicente Padilla escaped a jam in the eighth, and Alfredo Aceves closed for his 15th save in 18 opportunities for the Red Sox.

Buehrle (5-7) gave up five hits in seven innings but lost for the first time in interleague play since 2007, a span of 16 starts.

METS 11, RAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — 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.

Young allowed nine hits over 5 2-3 innings, walked two and struck out four in his second major league outing since returning from shoulder surgery that sidelined him most of last season. The right-hander won for the first time since beating Philadelphia on April 5, 2011 — his first start with the Mets.

Rookie Jordany Valdespin drove in a career-high four runs, three with a pair of two-out hits as New York’s designated hitter. The Mets, swept last weekend by the crosstown Yankees, have scored a major league-leading 134 runs with two outs — nine in their first appearance at Tropicana Field in 11 years.

Valdespin’s two-run single off Alex Cobb (2-3) put New York ahead 3-2 in the fifth. His two-out RBI double was the first big blow in the Mets’ six-run seventh. Daniel Murphy followed with a two-run single that made it 6-2. Ike Davis added a three-run homer off J.P. Howell.

Cobb lost his third straight start after winning the first two following his promotion from Triple-A Durham. He allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

REDS 7, INDIANS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — 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.

Votto’s shot in the seventh inning off Tony Sipp made it 57 straight games with at least one home run at Great American Ball Park, the longest active streak. Votto added an RBI single as the Reds pulled away in the eighth.

Cueto (7-3) gave up six hits, including Jason Kipnis’ RBI single in the first, and fanned seven. He threw 122 pitches in the sixth complete game of his career.

Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth off Jeanmar Gomez (4-5).

The Reds won for the second time in the last eight games of the interleague series. Cleveland won five of six last season.

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a seventh-inning single.

ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 6

BALTIMORE (AP) — 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.

The two-time All-Star second baseman also singled in the fourth and eighth.

Adam Jones had four hits, including a homer, and Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis also connected for the Orioles.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. The Taiwan native improved to 4-0 at Camden Yards. After Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Kevin Gregg, Jim Johnson got two outs for his 19th save.

Casey McGehee also homered for the Pirates, whose four-game winning streak ended. Pittsburgh fell out of a first-place tie with Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Brad Lincoln (3-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has allowed nine earned runs and 15 hits in two starts.

ROYALS 2, BREWERS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — 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.

Alex Gordon homered to lead off the first, and then doubled to start the eighth and headed to third base on a bunt by Chris Getz. Butler then sent a pitch from Francisco Rodriguez (0-4) into center field to score the go-ahead run.

Mendoza didn’t allow a hit until he got into trouble in the seventh, and the Kansas City bullpen came through with aplomb. Aaron Crow limited the damage to Rickie Weeks’ tying single, and Greg Holland (2-2) survived a shaky eighth inning to get the game to Jonathan Broxton, who earned his 15th save.

RANGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis retired the first 16 batters and finished with 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.

Lewis didn’t permit a runner until Aaron Hill hit a one-out single to left field on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth inning.

Ian Kennedy (5-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He arrived in Texas on a private plane earlier in the day after his wife gave birth to their second daughter on Sunday.

WHITE SOX 6, CARDINALS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer, rookie left-hander Jose Quintana allowed one run over 5 1-3 innings and the streaking Chicago White Sox beat St. Louis.

Paul Konerko had three singles on a 3-for-4 night to lift his majors-best average to .373, Adam Dunn added a solo homer — his 21st — and Orlando Hudson hit a two-run triple for Chicago.

Quintana (2-1), making his fifth start, allowed a career-high 10 hits but didn’t issue a walk. He was helped by three double plays.

St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (5-7) lasted seven innings and allowed half the amount of hits as Quintana. He gave up two runs, and struck out seven and walked two.

TWINS 11, PHILLIES 7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Plouffe had a homer, a double and three RBIs to lead past Philadelphia.

Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll each had three hits and two RBIs, and Josh Willingham also homered for the Twins, who have won 10 of 13.

Jimmy Rollins had four hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, who left 10 runners on base and couldn’t overcome another poor start from Kyle Kendrick (2-6). The right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He has a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts.

The injury-plagued Phillies fell to 29-34, 9½ games behind Washington in the NL East.

Joe Mauer added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who scored at least 10 runs for the third time in seven games.

CUBS 4, TIGERS 3

CHICAGO (AP) — 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.

Carlos Marmol (1-2) got the last two outs of the eighth for the victory, and Shawn Camp finished for his first save as the Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak against Detroit in their first matchup since the Tigers swept a three-game series at Comerica Park from June 23-25, 2009.

Barney had a run-scoring groundout and a clutch two-run double, helping the Cubs build a 3-0 lead hours after they fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. James Rowson, the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator, was promoted to replace Jaramillo on an interim basis.

Max Scherzer struck out eight in six innings for Detroit, and Phil Coke (1-3) got the loss.

Chicago starter Paul Maholm allowed two runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked one. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in his past six starts.

ATHLETICS 8, ROCKIES 5

DENVER (AP) — 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.

The Rockies have lost a season-high six straight, and they  are 0-7 in interleague play this season.

Cliff Pennington and Brandon Inge also homered, and Seth Smith — a former Rockies player — doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs to help the Athletics snap a three-game losing streak.

Colon trailed 4-0 after a tough first inning that Tyler Colvin began with his fourth home run in three games. Michael Cuddyer, Chris Nelson and Wil Nieves added run-scoring singles.

Colon (6-6) gave up five runs and nine hits, struck out four and walked three in winning consecutive decisions for the second time this season. Ryan Cook earned his first career save in two chances.

Jeremy Guthrie allowed the A’s to bat around in a six-run third inning. Guthrie (3-5), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings, lost for the fourth time in five decisions.

DODGERS 5, ANGELS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Angel Juan Rivera hit a three-run home run, and Andre Ethier added his 500th career RBI in the eighth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally to beat the Angels and end their 10-game road winning streak.

Jamey Wright (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 10th save in 13 opportunities.

Ethier’s run-scoring single tied the game 2-2 hours after the right fielder received an $85 million, five-year contract from the team.

The entire inning was set up when second base umpire Joe West called Dee Gordon safe on a two-out stolen base. Television replays appeared to show the throw from catcher Hank Conger beat the runner.

Angels starter Jerome Williams (6-4) gave up five runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. The Angels failed to tie the club record for consecutive road wins, set in 1988.

PADRES 5, MARINERS 4

SEATTLE (AP) — Clayton Richards pitched seven strong innings, Everth Cabrera had an RBI triple in a four-run sixth and San Diego hung on to top Seattle.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (4-5) foundered in his first outing in 11 days. The 2010 Cy Young Award winner pitched six innings, allowing nine hits, five runs and three walks.

The Mariners made a late push by scoring three runs in the ninth, but Huston Street got Jesus Montero to ground out and earned his sixth save.

Richards (3-7) allowed eight hits and a run.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

GIANTS 6, ASTROS 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts and hit his first major league home run to lead San Francisco over Houston in the lone National League game.

Bumgarner connected on a 2-1 pitch from Houston starter Bud Norris leading off the third inning. It was the first home run by any San Francisco player at AT&T Park since May 14.

Brandon Belt added a two-run homer, Brandon Crawford drove in two runs, and Melky Cabrera had two hits and an RBI in his return to the Giants lineup.

Brian Bixler singled, doubled and drove in both runs for Houston, which has lost 12 of its last 16 games.

Bumgarner (8-4) struck out the side in the first, allowed an unearned run in the third following Crawford’s two-out throwing error then kept the Astros in check before leaving in the eighth.

Norris (5-4) was knocked out of the game after he sprained his left knee in the fourth inning while chasing a foul pop-up.

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