NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th home run to move within one of Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list, and the New York Yankees took advantage of one mistake after another by the suddenly sloppy New York Mets in a 6-4 victory Sunday night.
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.
The crosstown rivals meet again at Citi Field in September.
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.
Five relievers combined to throw 4 2-3 hitless innings for the Yankees. Chasen Shreve (1-0) earned his first major league win by getting cleanup batter Michael Cuddyer to ground into an inning-ending double play with two on in the fifth.
ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Evan Gattis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and AL West-leading Houston completed its first sweep of Oakland.
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.
Tony Sipp (2-0) retired four batters for the win. Former A’s reliever Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
TIGERS 8, INDIANS 6
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs and the Tigers beat the Indians.
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.
Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Carlos Carrasco (2-2) took the loss for Cleveland, giving up five runs and nine hits and two walks in 4 1-3 innings.
RANGERS 5, ANGELS 4, 11 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Leonys Martin led off the 11th inning with a homer and the Texas Rangers scored another run on Erick Aybar’s error before holding on for a victory over the Angels to end a three-game skid.
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.
Aybar soon after made his second error of the game, misplaying a grounder in the hole by Elvis Andrus.
Neftali Feliz (1-1) pitched two innings for the victory.
PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 0
PHOENIX (AP) - Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter and the Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona.
Making his 200th career start, Liriano (1-1) offset six walks with seven strikeouts and allowed two hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run single off Jeremy Hellickson (1-3) in the first inning and Neil Walker added a two-run double off the right-hander in the fifth. Gregory Polanco had three of Pittsburgh’s 14 hits and scored three runs.
Pittsburgh has won five straight and eight of 10.
ORIOLES 18, RED SOX 7
BALTIMORE (AP) - Delmon Young drove in five runs, Chris Davis homered and the Orioles received a bounce-back pitching performance from Bud Norris in a victory over the Red Sox.
Baltimore took control with a six-run third inning and led 12-0 in the sixth. Davis, Jimmy Paredes and Steve Pearce each contributed three RBIs to the Orioles’ second straight win following a five-game skid.
Baltimore finished with 20 hits, three apiece by Young, Davis, Paredes and Rey Navarro.
Norris (1-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander came in with a 17.42 ERA after allowing 20 earned runs in his first three starts.
MARLINS 6, NATIONALS 2
MIAMI (AP) - Adeiny Hechavarria hit a bases-loaded triple after a botched rundown kept the inning alive, and the Marlins completed their first three-game sweep of the Nationals since May 2012.
The Marlins earned their fifth consecutive victory after a 3-11 start. The defending NL East champion Nationals (7-12) lost their fifth game in a row.
Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI triple off the top lip of the center field wall, reached on an infield single and scored twice. Miami hit three triples in a game for the first time since 2000.
Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (1-2) allowed 10 hits and six runs in five innings.
Dan Haren (2-1) needed 91 pitches to get through five innings but allowed only two runs.
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (sore thumb) will likely be scratched from his next scheduled start Tuesday at Atlanta.
PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard hit his second homer in two games, helping the Phillies beat Atlanta.
Howard’s miserable season had already cost him his cleanup spot in the order, and he entered the game batting .189. Howard hit a two-run homer on Friday and a three-run shot in the first inning against Trevor Cahill (0-3) on Sunday.
Jonathan Papelbon had his fourth save. He allowed Alberto Callaspo’s pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth.
Ben Revere knocked in the go-ahead run with a triple and the Phillies won two of three games in the series.
Jerome Williams (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Phillies.
RAYS 5, BLUE JAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball in seven scoreless innings and Brandon Guyer drove in four runs as the Rays won their fifth straight with a win over the Blue Jays.
Archer (3-2) became the first American League pitcher to go four starts within one season without giving up an earned run since Zach Greinke did it for Kansas City in 2009.
Evan Longoria had three straight hits and a walk for the Rays after going 4 for 4 on Saturday. Longoria’s batting average rose from .218 to .306 in two games.
Guyer hit the second pitch from Mark Buehrle (3-1) for a home run, his first of the season.
WHITE SOX 3, ROYALS 2, RESUMPTION OF SUSPENDED GAME; WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run single in Chicago’s five-run sixth inning, and the White Sox rallied to beat Kansas City for their second win against the Royals on Sunday.
The day began with Avisail Garcia’s two-out RBI single sending Chicago to a 3-2 victory in the resumption of a game suspended by rain on Friday night. Then an error on Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas helped the White Sox chase Edinson Volquez (2-2) on the way to just their second win in six games this season against the Royals.
John Danks (1-2) pitched six innings of three-run ball while improving to 8-1 in 18 career starts against Kansas City. David Robertson (2-0) got three outs for his third save in three opportunities after he tossed a scoreless inning for the win in the suspended game.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer for Kansas City in the regularly scheduled matchup. Gordon, a four-time Gold Glove winner in left, also made a pair of nice defensive plays, including an outstanding leaping grab on Micah Johnson’s foul liner into the stands in the sixth.
Kelvin Herrera (0-1) was the loser in the opener.
BREWERS 6, CARDINALS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and the Brewers beat the Cardinals just their second victory in the last 12 games.
The Cardinals had won nine of 10. They headed back to St. Louis, where ace Adam Wainwright will have an MRI on Monday to see how long his injured Achilles and left ankle will sideline him - there is speculation he could miss the rest of the season.
Mike Blazek (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory. Starter Mike Fiers gave up one earned run on nine hits and two walks in four-plus innings.
Lance Lynn (1-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings.
The Cardinals headed back to St. Louis, where ace Adam Wainwright will have an MRI on Monday to see how long his injured Achilles and left ankle will sideline him - there is speculation he could miss the rest of the season.
CUBS 5, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) - Rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded - one of his best moments during his first week in the majors - and the Cubs held on for a victory and a sweep of their rain-shortened series against the Reds.
The 21-year-old second baseman was in a slump when he broke the game open with his three-run double in the fourth inning off Anthony DeSclafani (2-1). Miguel Montero had a solo homer and a run-scoring single off DeSclafani, who had a streak of 16 scoreless innings snapped.
Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched six innings after waiting out a 4-hour, 13-minute delay before the Reds called off Saturday’s game because of persistent rain.
TWINS 4, MARINERS 2, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) - Joe Mauer hit a two-run triple with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Twins over the Mariners.
Mauer got three hits and drove in three runs. In addition to his first triple of the season, he had an RBI double as the Twins won for the third time in four games.
Seth Smith hit his first home run of the year and also doubled for the Mariners.
Seattle reliever Tyler Olson (1-1) walked Chris Herrmann to lead off the 11th. After a sacrifice bunt, Olson intentionally walked Brian Dozier. Shane Robinson fouled out before Mauer’s triple.
Casey Fien (1-1) pitched two innings. Glen Perkins closed out the 11th for his fifth save.
PADRES 3, DODGERS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Brandon Morrow pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win with San Diego and Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris homered as the Padres beat the NL-West leading Dodgers to snap a four-game skid.
Morrow (1-0), signed as a free agent in December, held the Dodgers to one run and five hits while striking out four and walking one.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Scott Baker (0-1) lost his Dodgers debut after they selected his contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He signed with the club on April 5 after being released by the New York Yankees at the end of spring training.
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