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Chavez rises to challenge

He delivers for Yankees in place of Rodriguez

Associated Press / April 18, 2011

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Eric Chavez, filling in for an ailing Alex Rodriguez, singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Yankees hit three homers off previously untouchable Alexi Ogando to beat the Texas Rangers, 6-5, last night in New York.

Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson all went deep to help the Yankees take two of three in an early rematch of last year’s AL championship series, which Texas won in six games to capture its first pennant.

Adrian Beltre homered, doubled, and drove in four runs for the Rangers, who have dropped four of five since opening the season 9-1. Missing injured AL MVP Josh Hamilton, they begin a 10-game homestand tonight with a three-game series against the Angels.

Indians 4, Orioles 2 — Grady Sizemore homered in his return to the Indians after major knee surgery, and host Cleveland sent Baltimore to its seventh straight loss, while winning it seventh straight at home.

Sizemore, Cleveland’s hustling All-Star center fielder and leadoff man, hadn’t played since last May, when he was forced to have microfracture surgery on his left knee.

He homered in his second at-bat off Brad Bergeson and doubled in the fifth.

Phillies 3, Marlins 2 — Carlos Ruiz hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as host Philadelphia edged Florida.

Ryan Howard began the eighth by reaching on an error by left fielder Logan Morrison, who was sliding in as the ball ricocheted off his glove. Ben Francisco followed with a single off Ryan Webb, and Raul Ibanez put runners on the corners with a groundout. Ruiz followed with a soft fly to center.

Mets 3, Braves 2 — New No. 2 hitter Josh Thole had two run-scoring singles, Dillon Gee gave up five hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings, and visiting New York ended its seven-game losing streak.

Nationals sweep Brewers — Danny Espinosa followed up a three-run homer in the opening 8-4 win with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning of a 5-1 win in Game 2 that helped host Washington sweep Milwaukee.

Twins 4, Rays 2 — Brian Duensing allowed two runs over seven innings, Matt Tolbert had an RBI triple, and Minnesota stopped a four-game losing streak in topping Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Angels 4, White Sox 2 — Dan Haren pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth win of the season, Maicer Izturis had three hits, and visiting Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.

Mariners 3, Royals 2 — Michael Pineda pitched six strong innings and Brendan Ryan had a two-run tiebreaking single as visiting Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak.

Athletics 5, Tigers 1 — Trevor Cahill pitched eight solid innings, Josh Willingham broke out of a slump with a two-run single in the fifth, and host Oakland defeated Detroit.

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1 — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Los Angeles ended a five-game skid by slipping past St. Louis.

Pirates 7, Reds 6 — Andrew McCutchen opened the game with a homer against slow-starting Edinson Volquez, then singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, rallying Pittsburgh over host Cincinnati.

Rockies 9, Cubs 5 — Dexter Fowler hit a two-out, two-run double to ignite a four-run eighth inning and host Colorado beat Chicago to win for the eighth time in nine games.

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 5 — Stephen Drew drove in Justin Upton with one out in the 12th inning, as host Arizona snapped a four-game skid, which ended San Francisco’s four-game winning streak.

Padres 8, Astros 6 — Will Venable hit a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and visiting San Diego rallied from two runs down to take care of Houston.

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