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Giambi, A's turn up power

Giambi, A's turn up power

Jason Giambi hit his first homer of the season, Nomar Garciaparra hit a three-run double, and the Athletics beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2, yesterday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Dallas Braden (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win for Oakland, which had dropped 9 of 12 before beating Tampa Bay for its first win in a day game this season.

Brad Ziegler pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings for his fourth save in five opportunities. Travis Buck also homered for Oakland leading off the third.

Matt Garza (1-2) gave up four runs in the loss. He struck out six in 5 2/3 innings but walked four, three of which scored.

Garciaparra made his first start defensively since injuring his right calf against Boston April 14. He hit a three-run double in the fourth after Garza walked the bases loaded.

White Sox 10, Blue Jays 2 - Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth grand slam and drove in a career-high five RBIs, and Jermaine Dye added a two-run homer as host Chicago routed Toronto.

Ramirez capped off a six-run fifth inning with a slam to left on a 3-2 pitch off Toronto reliever Shawn Camp to put the White Sox up 8-2. He needed just 152 games to reach five grand slams, second fastest in major league history.

Rangers 6, Orioles 5 - Ian Kinsler homered twice and visiting Texas led off the first three innings with home runs against Mark Hendrickson in beating Baltimore.

Andruw Jones and Chris Davis also connected against Hendrickson (1-3), who lasted only 4 1/3 innings.

Twins 7, Indians 1 - Kevin Slowey pitched eight strong innings and Jason Kubel hit two solo homers, leading visiting Minnesota past Cleveland.

Slowey (3-0) carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but allowed three singles to open the inning before departing with the bases loaded. Luis Ayala struck out Ben Francisco, but Kelly Shoppach singled in a run. Ayala then got Tony Graffanino to bounce into a game-ending double play.

Tigers 9, Royals 1 - Gerald Laird and Curtis Granderson hit two-run homers and Magglio Ordonez a solo shot as visiting Detroit defeated Kansas City.

Laird had three hits, and homered in the second with Carlos Guillen aboard. Granderson hit his sixth home run in the third after Adam Everett led off the inning with a single.

Mets 8, Nationals 2 - Mike Pelfrey gave host New York a healthy and effective start and Ryan Church drove in three runs.

Still struggling to get the big hit, New York scored four unearned runs off Daniel Cabrera to build an early cushion for Pelfrey, who missed his previous turn because of forearm tendinitis.

Braves 10, Reds 2 - Yunel Escobar drove in a career-high four runs and finished a triple short of the cycle to lead Atlanta at Great American Ballpark.

Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer and also drove in four runs as the Braves jumped on Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo for six runs in the first two innings and handed the Reds righthander his first loss in four starts.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3 - Randy Winn rescued Randy Johnson's shaky return to Arizona, hitting a two-run homer to power San Francisco past host Arizona.

Six days after beating the Diamondbacks for his 296th career win, the Big Unit walked seven and was gone after 3 1/3 innings.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 2 - Albert Pujols hit his second grand slam of the season and surpassed 1,000 career RBIs, sending St. Louis to its ninth straight home win.

Brewers 9, Astros 8 - Ryan Braun's fourth hit, a go-ahead single in the 11th, spurred Milwaukee past host Houston after the Brewers blew a lead in the ninth.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 5 - Rusell Martin matched a career high with four RBIs, helping James McDonald earn his first major league win as Los Angeles beat host Colorado.

Phillies 6, Marlins 4 - Chase Utley hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th as visiting Philadelphia handed Florida its fifth straight loss.

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Added: April 26, 2009

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