With No. 52 in the first inning, Alex Rodriguez homered in his fifth straight game, tying a personal record and helping Chien-Ming Wang earn his 18th win and keep a tie for the Major League lead with Josh Beckett. Mariano Rivera sealed the Yankees' fifth straight win.
Entering Sunday's start, resurgent righty Zack Greinke hadn't been scored upon since Aug. 4, but Alex Rodriguez ended the streak early with a homer in the first inning. Greinke didn't make it out of the fourth frame, and though rookie Alex Gordon tied it with a three-run double in the fourth, it couldn't prevent the Royals' fifth straight loss.
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