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MLB: Rodriguez Slam Gives Yankees Win


New York slugger Alex Rodriguez gave his Yankees a victory Saturday with a game-ending grand slam.

His bases-loaded home run came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, for a 10-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the eighth when Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer.

In other American League games, the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-4. Toronto's Frank Thomas hit a grand slam to boost the Blue Jays to an 8-5 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Detroit Tigers edged the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on homers by Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. The Chicago White Sox, in sub-freezing temperatures, came away with a 3-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins. And, the Los Angeles Angels posted their fifth victory in six games by downing the Oakland Athletics, 2-1.

In the National League, the Houston Astros snapped their season-opening four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Atlanta's John Smoltz outpitched former teammate Tom Glavine to hand the New York Mets their first loss of the season in a 4-1 decision for the Braves.

The Florida Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5. The Chicago Cubs downed the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated archrival San Francisco in a 4-1 outcome over the Giants. The Cincinnati Reds tripped up the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5. San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez ended the game with a run-scoring double in the ninth inning to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. And, the Arizona Diamondbacks thumped the Washington Nationals, 7-1.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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