Jeter homers for 3,000th hit, goes 5 for 5 in win

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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter follows through on a solo home run for his 3,000 career hit during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Rays catcher John Jaso, pitcher David Price, left, and umpire Jim Wolf look on. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter homered for his 3,000th hit and raced right past the milestone in a scintillating performance, going 5 for 5 with a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that helped the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Saturday.

Jeter doubled and had three singles while starting a pair of Yankees rallies and finishing off their last one. He bounced a single through the left side his first time up to give him No. 2,999, then sent a no-doubt drive into the left-field seats off Rays ace David Price in the third inning.

That made Jeter the 28th major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits, one of MLB's biggest milestones, and the first to do it with the Yankees.

It also set off quite a celebration in the Bronx, with teammates mobbing Jeter at home plate in a pack of pinstripes before he took a curtain call and saluted the sellout crowd of 48,103.

At Chicago, Alexei Ramirez hit a game-ending RBI single with two out in the ninth inning, sending Chicago to its first win over the Twins in seven meetings this season.

A.J. Pierzynski, who entered when catcher Ramon Castro broke his right hand on a passed ball in the eighth inning, doubled off Jose Mijares (0-1) to start the ninth. After two fly outs, Juan Pierre walked and Alex Burnett relieved before Ramirez lined a single to center.

Jesse Crain (5-2) got three outs for the win.

At Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton hit a game-ending, two-run homer to help the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 and extend their winning streak to six games.

Hamilton connected on a 2-0 pitch from closer Andrew Bailey (0-2) with two outs in the ninth, sending a long drive into the second deck in right field. It was Hamilton's fourth hit of the game, and his 11th homer of the season.

The winning homer comes during an emotional stretch for Hamilton, who two nights earlier tossed a ball into the stands toward a Brownwood firefighter who tumbled over the rail and fell about 20 feet to concrete below. The man died less than an hour after the fall.

Elvis Andrus reached on an infield single right before Hamilton's homer.

Darren Oliver pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings to get the win.

Coco Crisp and Josh Willingham homered for Oakland (39-52), which lost for the 12th time in 17 games.

At Cleveland, Jose Bautista led off the 10th inning with his second homer of the game, lifting the Blue Jays to the victory.

Bautista, who leads the majors with 31 homers, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Chris Perez (3-2) after the Indians tied it in the ninth on Travis Buck's two-out double. The All-Star slugger has four multihomer games this season and 15 in his career.

It was Toronto's second straight win in the series after a stunning loss on Thursday during which the Indians rallied for a 5-4 win on Travis Hafner's game-ending grand slam in the ninth.

Jon Rauch (3-3) got the victory and Shawn Camp pitched a perfect 10th for his first save.

At Boston, John Lackey rebounded from the worst start of his Red Sox career with 6 2-3 shutout innings as Boston extended its winning streak to five games.

Lackey, booed last Monday as he left the mound after allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings, got a standing ovation as he strode to the dugout with runners at first and second in the seventh. Daniel Bard then retired Nolan Reimold on an inning-ending popup.

Lackey (6-8) struck out seven and walked one just five days after his 9-7 loss to Toronto, the shortest outing in his two seasons with Boston.

Alfredo Simon (1-2) allowed three runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Kevin Youkilis and a two-run double by Josh Reddick.

At Kansas City, Alex Gordon belted a three-run homer as Kansas City roughed up Charlie Furbush to get the win.

Alcides Escobar drove in three runs and scored three times for the Royals, who led 9-2 after three innings. Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler had two RBIs apiece.

Luke Hochevar struggled with the big lead and was battered for six runs before he was yanked in the fourth. Greg Holland (3-1) got the victory, and Everett Teaford pitched three innings for his first career save.

The 25-year-old Furbush (1-3), making his second career start, gave up nine runs in 2 2-3 innings — though just four of the runs were earned.

At Anaheim, California, Torii Hunter drove in a season-high five runs with a pair of homers and Mark Trumbo also went deep as the Angels earned their 13th victory in the last 16 games.

Joel Pineiro (5-3) allowed three runs and 10 hits over seven innings for Los Angeles. The right-hander is 3-0 in his last five starts, after going 0-3 in his previous four.

Seattle rookie Michael Pineda (8-6) gave up a season-worst seven runs and six hits in five innings, equaling his shortest outing in 18 starts.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge was ejected during the Angels' four-run third inning.

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