Ro­driguez pow­ers Yanks to 5-4 win over Rays

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Alex Ro­driguez inched closer to Wil­lie Mays with two more home runs as the New York Yan­kees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Fri­day.

Ro­driguez hit a solo shot in the sec­ond, driv­ing an 0-1 pitch from Nathan Karns an es­ti­mated 471 feet to cen­ter. He con­nected again in the sixth, belt­ing a tworun drive to left against Ernesto Fri­eri for homer No. 658 — just two shy of Mays for fourth place on base­ball’s ca­reer list.

Ro­driguez, who missed last sea­son be­cause of a drug sus­pen­sion, also had a tiebreak­ing RBI sin­gle in the eighth against Kevin Jepsen (0-1). Brett Gard­ner, who came in to run for Car­los Bel­tran af­ter his lead­off sin­gle, stole sec- ond be­fore Ro­driguez sin­gled to cen­ter with two out.

Al­lan Dyk­stra and Lo­gan Forsythe hit con­sec­u­tive homers in the fourth to give Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead.

Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw struck out 12 bat­ters in six innings on his way to his first win, help­ing Los An­ge­les beat the Colorado Rock­ies 7-3.

Ker­shaw ( 1- 1) al­lowed three runs — one earned — and six hits. The reign­ing Na­tional League MVP is 21-2 with a 1.69 ERA in his last 24 regular-sea­son starts.

In Kansas City, Mis­souri, Paulo Or­lando hit a tiebreak­ing RBI triple in a two-run eighth in­ning as the Roy­als beat the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 6-4 in their first meet­ing since last Septem­ber’s dra­matic wild-card game.

Omar In­fante drove in a pair of runs for the Roy­als, whose 12-in­ning victory over the Ath­let­ics last year ul­ti­mately spurred them all the way to Game 7 of the World Se­ries.

Kelvin Her­rera and Wade Davis (2-0) each pitched a score­less in­ning in re­lief of the Roy­als’ Jeremy Guthrie, and Greg Hol­land breezed through the ninth for his fourth save.

Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to get his first win with the Na­tion­als and Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as Wash­ing­ton downed the Philadel­phia Phillies 7-2.

Danny Espinosa also home­red and Ryan Zim­mer­man added a two-run dou­ble to help Wash­ing­ton to its third straight win.

Scherzer (1-1) al­lowed one run and struck out nine in his third start since signed a seven-year, US$210 mil­lion con­tract in Jan­uary.

An­gels star Mike Trout home­red twice to be­come the youngest player in his­tory with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in Los An­ge­les’ 6-3 victory over the Hous­ton Astros, while Jose Igle­sias hit a game-end­ing RBI sin­gle as the Detroit Tigers im­proved their ma­jor league-best record to nine wins from their first 10 games in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

In other games, top prospect Kris Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strike­outs in his first game with the Chicago Cubs as Wil My­ers hit a three-run homer for the San Diego Padres in a 5-4 win, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs trounced the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 9-0, the Bos­ton Red Sox edged the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 3-2, the New York Mets downed the Miami Mar­lins 4-1 and the Texas Rangers de­feated the Seat­tle Mariners 3-1.

The Pitts­burgh Pi­rates broke out of a lengthy slump with a 6-3 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Cincin­nati Reds 6-1, the At­lanta Braves edged the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 and the Min­nesota Twins were 3-2 win­ners over the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

AP

Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Carl Craw­ford, left, scores on a dou­ble by Adrian Gon­za­lez as Colorado Rock­ies catcher Nick Hund­ley waits for the throw dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game, Fri­day, April 17.

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