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NY avoids Baltimore sweep

Rodriguez leaves with strained quadriceps

All eyes were trained on Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees third baseman 'felt a little twinge' while running out a grounder in the sixth inning in Baltimore. All eyes were trained on Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees third baseman "felt a little twinge" while running out a grounder in the sixth inning in Baltimore. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Associated Press / April 21, 2008

A much-needed win for the Yankees was tarnished by the loss of Alex Rodriguez, who can only hope a leg injury won't force him out of the starting lineup for the first time this season.

Rodriguez hit an RBI double and scored before leaving in the sixth inning, and New York ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Orioles, 7-1, yesterday in rainy Baltimore.

Andy Pettitte pitched seven scoreless innings, Johnny Damon homered, and Derek Jeter had a three-run double as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

Rodriguez strained his right quadriceps while running out a grounder, and will have an extra day to recover because the Yankees are off today.

"I'll get some rest, wake up, and see how it feels. I'll treat it all day," said Rodriguez, who added he hadn't had such an injury since high school.

Earlier, Rodriguez helped provide Pettitte with all the offense he needed to win his third straight start. Pettitte (3-1) retired his first 14 batters and ended up yielding only four hits in improving to 23-6 lifetime against Baltimore, including 14-4 at Camden Yards. He struck out five and walked none.

The Yankees were 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position during the series before breaking the trend in the fourth against Steve Trachsel (1-3). Bobby Abreu walked and stole second before Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui hit successive doubles for a 2-0 lead.

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3 - David Eckstein's first homer of the year, a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth, was the big blow for Toronto in its win over Detroit.

A.J. Burnett (2-1) issued a season-high six walks in five innings but still managed to win for the first time in four starts. He allowed three runs and four hits. Detroit starter Nate Robertson (0-2) remained winless in four starts.

White Sox 6, Rays 0 - Jim Thome hit his 512th career homer, tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 19th all time, and drove in three runs in support of John Danks (2-1), who worked seven shutout innings for Chicago in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Twins 2, Indians 1 - Justin Morneau's RBI single through the right side of the infield picked up Minnesota in the bottom of the 10th and sent scuffling Cleveland to its eighth loss in 11 games.

Mariners 4, Angels 2 - Miguel Batista (2-2) scattered eight hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer as Seattle avoided a three-game sweep at home by Los Angeles.

Athletics 7, Royals 1 - Jack Hannahan's two-run double highlighted a five-run fourth that sent host Oakland to a three-game sweep of Kansas City.

Reds 4, Brewers 3 - Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako hit consecutive homers off Milwaukee closer Eric Gagne in the bottom of the 10th, and Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a run-scoring single that allowed Cincinnati to dodge a three-game sweep.

Gagne (1-1), pitching for the fourth straight day and protecting a 3-1 lead, gave up Encarnacion's second solo homer of the game and Bako's first homer of the season to open the inning. He left after walking Scott Hatteberg. Brandon Phillips had a one-out infield single off Salomon Torres, and Griffey singled over the head of right fielder Corey Hart to end it.

Phillies 5, Mets 4 - Chase Utley hit two homers and pinch hitter Pedro Feliz added a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the seventh to help Philadelphia end a four-game losing streak against New York.

Cubs 13, Pirates 6 - Aramis Ramirez tied a career high with four hits, including a two-run homer, and host Chicago rolled over Pittsburgh for its second three-game sweep of the Pirates this season.

Braves 6, Dodgers 1 - Jair Jurrjens (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, striking out a career-high eight as host Atlanta earned its first sweep of Los Angeles in eight years.

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 4 - Randy Johnson (0-1) opened strong in his second start of the season for Arizona, but visiting San Diego roughed him up for five runs in the sixth, including a three-run homer by Justin Huber.

Marlins 6, Nationals 1 - Hanley Ramirez homered to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh, then added a two-run homer in the eighth, and Scott Olsen (3-0) allowed just three hits over seven innings for host Florida.

Astros 6, Rockies 4 - Kaz Matsui's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth enabled Houston to end a three-game skid.

Giants 8, Cardinals 2 - Bengie Molina drove in three runs, and visiting San Francisco reached season highs for runs, hits (14), and winning margin.

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