NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui homered in the fifth inning to record double digits in home runs for his second straight season and the New York Yankees went deep six times to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday.
Matsui connected off Kenny Rogers for his 10th homer this season and drove in a run in his fifth straight game as the Bronx Bombers won their fourth in a row at Yankee Stadium.
Matsui, who last year did not hit his 10th home run until July 17, went 2-for-4 with a single in his second at-bat, improving his average to a team-high .316.
“The ball came right down the middle of the plate, so it was easy to connect,” Matsui said. “In my second at-bat, I pretty much figured out what kind of pitches he (Rogers) would throw.”
Gary Sheffield hit two homers and Alex Rodriguez had another for the Yankees.
Staked to a four-run lead, Rogers allowed five home runs to the Yankees, who have won 10 of 11.
Derek Jeter left in the fourth inning with a tight left groin.
Devil Rays 8, Orioles 7 (11)
In Baltimore, Julio Lugo led off the 11th inning with his fourth hit and scored on a pinch-hit single by Fred McGriff, leading the Tampa Bay past the Orioles.
White Sox 4, Mariners 2
In Seattle, Jon Garland (5-2) pitched into the eighth and Frank Thomas hit a go-ahead two-run homer for AL Central-leading Chicago, which ended a two-game losing streak.
Royals 5, Red Sox 2
In Kansas City, Jimmy Gobble (3-3) pitched six strong innings, retiring 15 straight batters during one stretch, to lead the Royals over Boston.
Indians 9, Angels 6
In Anaheim, Ronnie Belliard gave Cleveland the lead with his first homer of the season, a three-run shot in the eighth off Francisco Rodriguez (1-1), and the Indians rallied from four runs down.
Blue Jays 6, Athletics 1
In Oakland, Eric Hinske hit a tiebreaking homer off Chad Bradford (3-2) in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth for Toronto.
Twins 3, Tigers 2
In Minneapolis, Torii Hunter’s solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave the Twins the victory.
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 3
In Phoenix, Paul Lo Duca hit a three-run homer and Milton Bradley, playing while appealing a four-game suspension, drove in two runs to help Los Angeles win for the fifth time in six games.
Dodgers southpaw Kazuhisa Ishii (7-3) allowed three runs on four hits and six walks in five innings for the win.
Cardinals 5, Astros 3
In St. Louis, Scott Rolen snapped a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single, giving him a major league-leading 57 RBIs as the Cardinals won their fifth in a row and eighth of nine to pull within a game of NL Central-leading Cincinnati.
Giants 13, Rockies 7
In Denver, Barry Bonds hit his 673rd home run and Jason Schmidt won his seventh straight decision, leading San Francisco over Colorado.
Pirates 2, Cubs 1
In Chicago, Mark Prior retired the first 13 batters and pitched six stellar innings for the Cubs, but Pittsburgh rallied for two runs in the ninth.
Brewers 3, Padres 1
In San Diego, Geoff Jenkins had two RBI doubles and Dan Kolb earned his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Phillies 9, Braves 1
In Atlanta, Bobby Abreu and Mike Lieberthal homered to back seven impressive innings by Eric Milton (7-1) as Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak.
Marlins 5, Mets 1
In New York, Carl Pavano (5-2) went 7 2/3 innings, outpitching Steve Trachsel (5-4) as Florida snapped a four-game skid and ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak.
Expos 4, Reds 2
In Cincinnati, Brad Wilkerson homered twice — including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the seventh — for Montreal.
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