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Rocco Baldelli hit a three-run homer off Kei Igawa (1-1) in the second. B.J. Upton lined a solo shot off the left-field foul pole in the fourth for a 5-3 lead, then added a three-run double against Luis Vizcaino in the seventh to finish with a career-high four RBIs.
Rodriguez, who is hitting .400, was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs. The second-inning solo shot off Casey Fossum (2-1) was the 477th of A-Rod's career and extended his hitting streak to 23 games dating to last season. The two-run shot off Al Reyes in the ninth gave him a major league-high 34 RBIs.
White Sox 7, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - In his first start since last week's no-hitter against Texas, Mark Buehrle (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Paul Konerko, who had not homered since opening day, hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five runs for the White Sox.
Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his seventh save, retiring David DeJesus on a game-ending, double-play grounder with two on. Jimmy Gobble (0-1) was the loser.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) - Frank Thomas hit his 490th homer, a go-ahead, two-run drive off Tim Wakefield (2-20) in the sixth.
Aaron Hill had four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth, as Toronto ended a five-game losing streak and stopped Boston's five-game winning streak. Hill has four homers in 19 games after getting six in 155 last year.
Tomo Ohka (1-2) allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in five-plus innings for his first win in eight starts since Aug. 24 against Colorado. Jason Frasor, filling in for injured closer B.J. Ryan, got his second save.
A day after tying a major league record with four straight homers against the Yankees, Boston didn't hit any.
Athletics 6, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE (AP) - Nick Swisher homered twice, including a drive that sparked a five-run fourth against Erik Bedard (3-2) as Oakland ended Baltimore's four-game winning streak.
Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fourth and added a solo shot against Danys Baez in the ninth.
Dan Haren (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to an AL-best 1.41. Huston Street allowed an RBI single to Brian Roberts in the ninth and before getting Miguel Tejada to ground out with the bases loaded for his fifth save.
Mariners 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a three-run triple as Seattle stopped a six-game losing streak.
Brandon Morrow (1-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-hit shutout relief for his first major league victory, and J.J. Putz got four outs for his first save of the season.
Kevin Millwood (2-3) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings.
Indians 7, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Garko drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight game, blooping a soft single in the 12th.
Travis Hafner, who matched his career high with four hits, started the 12th with a walk against Jesse Crain (0-1). Jason Michaels followed Garko's hit with an RBI double, and Shin-Soo Choo added a two-run single off Joe Nathan with the bases loaded.
Roberto Hernandez (2-1) picked up the victory with two scoreless innings.
Tigers 9, Angels 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run, and Ivan Rodriguez hit a pair of two-out RBI singles for Detroit.
Jason Grilli (2-1) pitched 2 1-3 innings of hitless relief for the victory, allowing a run on Orlando Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Detroit starter Mike Maroth was pulled by manager Jim Leyland one out shy of the required five innings for a victory, despite leading 8-3 because he had already thrown 105 pitches.
Jered Weaver (0-2) threw 70 pitches in just 1 2-3 innings and retired only five of the 14 batters he faced in his second start since coming off the disabled list. The right-hander, facing the Tigers for the first time, was charged with seven runs - five earned - and seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Gary Matthews Jr. led off the ninth against Joel Zumaya with his first home run with the Angels.
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