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A-Rod’s streak halted at 23

April 25, 2007

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— Alex Rodriguez's 23-game hitting streak is over. The New York Yankees can't say the same about a slide that's dropped them into last place.

Tampa Bay pitching cooled off A-Rod, and Carl Crawford's first career grand slam rallied the Devil Rays over Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees, 6-4, Tuesday night, extending the Yankees' losing streak to five games.

A night after hitting his 13th and 14th homers to tie the major league record for home runs in April, Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk against Scott Kazmir and Shawn Camp, who struck out the New York slugger in final at-bat. Rodriguez had hit safely in 18 consecutive games to start the season and 23 straight dating to last September.

Wang (0-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in 61â3 innings after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. He departed after Dioner Navarro singled and B.J. Upton doubled to start the Devil Rays' seventh.

Reliever Luis Vizcaino walked Rocco Baldelli intentionally to load the bases. One out later, Crawford lined a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands to erase a 3-2 deficit and give Tampa Bay a two-game sweep.

Indians 5, Twins 3

Minneapolis - Johan Santana lost his second straight home start, and Fausto Carmona got a long-awaited win.

Athletics 4, Orioles 2

Baltimore - Dallas Braden pitched six innings of three-hit ball to win his major league debut, and Oakland beat Baltimore for a two-game sweep. Braden (1-0) gave up one run and struck out six.

Angels 9, Tigers 8, 10 innings

Anaheim, Calif. - Detroit closer Todd Jones' throwing error led to the winning run for Los Angeles, which blew a seven-run lead and still came away with a victory. Darren Oliver (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for his first victory with the Angels.

Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 3

Boston - Vernon Wells went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs, and Roy Halladay struck out 10 in eight innings as Toronto took advantage of four Boston errors.

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