A-Rod hits No. 659, Yanks beat Mets 6-4

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Alex Ro­driguez hit his 659th home run to move within one of Wil­lie Mays for fourth place on the ca­reer list as the New York Yan­kees took ad­van­tage of one mis­take af­ter an­other by the sud­denly sloppy New York Mets in a 6-4 victory Sun­day.

Af­ter fall­ing be­hind early, the Yan­kees scored four times in the sec­ond in­ning off Jonathon Niese and took two of three in the first Sub­way Se­ries of the sea­son.

Ro­driguez con­nected in the first in­ning at Yan­kee Sta­dium. He drove a 2-2 curve from Niese (2-1) to right-cen­ter, with the ball bounc­ing off the top of the fence for a solo shot.

It was the fifth homer of the sea­son for A-Rod, who sat out last year while serv­ing a drug sus­pen­sion.

Hous­ton’s Evan Gat­tis hit a tworun dou­ble in the ninth in­ning as the Amer­i­can League West-lead­ing Astros com­pleted its first sweep of the Oak­land Ath­let­ics 7-6.

Evan Gat­tis hit a two-run dou­ble in the ninth in­ning as the Amer­i­can League West-lead­ing Hous­ton Astros com­pleted their first sweep of the Oak­land Ath­let­ics with a 7-6 win Sun­day.

Gat­tis matched a ca­reer high with four RBIs. His go-ahead dou­ble with one out came af­ter the A’s in­ten­tion­ally walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases.

Gat­tis lined a 1-2 pitch from Tyler Clip­pard (0-2) to the deep­est part of the field.

In Detroit, Miguel Cabr­era home­red and drove in three runs as the Tigers beat the Cleve­land In­di­ans 8-6.

Cabr­era has three homers this sea­son, all against Cleve­land, and nine of his 13 RBIs sea­son are against the In­di­ans.

Kyle Lob­stein (2-1) picked up the win, al­low­ing three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Leonys Martin led off the 11th in­ning with a homer as the Texas Rangers scored an­other run off Erick Ay­bar’s er­ror be­fore hold­ing on for a 5-4 victory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels to end a three­game los­ing streak.

Jose Al­varez (0-1) was work­ing his sec­ond in­ning of re­lief when he gave up Martin’s 16th homer in 1,121 big league at-bats.

The Pitts­burgh Pi­rates trounced the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 8-0 af­ter Fran­cisco Liri­ano pitched ef­fec­tively into the sev­enth in­ning in a com­bined three-hit­ter, while Del­mon Young drove in five runs and Chris Davis home­red as the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles downed the Bos­ton Red Sox 18-7.

In other games, Adeiny Hechavar­ria hit a bases-loaded triple af­ter a botched run­down as the Miami Mar­lins downed the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 6-2, the Phila- del­phia Phillies edged the At­lanta Braves 5-4, the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 and the Chicago White Sox de­feated the Kansas City Roy­als in the re­sump­tion of their suspended game.

Adam Lind hit a two-run homer as the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 6-3, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincin­nati Reds 5-2, and the Min­nesota Twins downed the Seat­tle Mariners 4-2 over 11 innings and the San Diego Padres were 3-1 win­ners over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

AP

San Diego Padres’ Yangervis So­larte, be­low, stays down af­ter be­ing tagged out at home off a hit for a dou­ble by the Padres’ Matt Kemp dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in San Diego on Sun­day, April 26.

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