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Rays Lead AL East as Yankees Lose, Rodriguez Again Goes Hitless

Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees fell out of first place in the American League East for the first time since June 20 as they lost their third straight game and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4.

Alex Rodriguez is still seeking his 600th career homer after failing to muster a hit during New York’s 8-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium last night. Rodriguez has now gone 9-for-46 with three doubles and eight runs batted in since he hit his 599th homer July 22.

The Yankees fell to 66-40 to trail the Rays, who have a league-best 67-39 record, by one game.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Yankees’ only score.

John Buck drove in a run in the second inning and tied it in the fourth with a double that scored Aaron Hill.

The Blue Jays (56-51) secured the win with home runs by Travis Snider, Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill and Jose Bautista, who got his league-leading 33rd of the season in the ninth inning.

Rodriguez may have another chance to become the seventh major league player to score 600 career home runs in the last of three games against the Blue Jays today.

At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sean Rodriguez and B.J. Upton each hit three-run homers for the Rays.

The Twins (59-48) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a scoring single by Joe Mauer before Rodriguez gave the Rays a 3-1 lead.

Mauer’s third-inning single drove in Drew Butera, who hit a homer in the seventh to tie the score at 3-3. Also in the seventh, Upton put the Rays ahead 6-3 before Mauer’s ninth-inning single scored Denard Span.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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