Rogers returns in style; Giants edge out Yankees

UPDATED: 15:47, June 25, 2007

ATLANTA: Kenny Rogers returned to action with a flourish on Friday, pitching the Detroit Tigers to a interleague 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in his first start of the season.

Rogers, the lefty who underwent surgery during spring training because of a blood clot in his shoulder, out-pitched John Smoltz as the Tigers scored all five of their runs with two-out hits in the sixth inning.

The Braves have been shut out in three straight games for the first time in 19 years.

The 42-year-old Rogers, throwing 75 pitches, gave up just two hits in six innings as the defending American League champions battle the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the AL Central.

"I don't want to get carried away," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters. "It's one game, but it looked like he just picked up where he left off (last season)."

Magglio Ordonez had the first of the two-out run-producing hits, driving in his 68th run of the season. But he left the game in the eighth inning after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day with a contusion.

Giants win

Meanwhile, It took 13 innings and they had to overcome a dramatic home run by Alex Rodriguez, but the San Francisco Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Rookie Nate Schierholtz deposited a game-winning single into short centerfield with two out in the 13th to allow the Giants to end their worst streak of the year.

"I think that game is going to bring a lot of enthusiasm and motivation for the days to come," Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel, who had a field single before Schierholtz's winning hit, told reporters.

Rodriguez, who has had eight hits and two walks in the first two games of the series, tied the game with a monster solo home run to centerfield leading off the ninth.

It was Rodriguez's 28th home run of the season, his seventh in 20 ninth-inning at-bats and the 492nd of his career. He has 76 RBIs in the first 72 games of the season.

After reliever Steve Kline escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11th, the Giants wound up winning the game against reliever Scott Proctor (1-4), ending the four-hour, 34-minute marathon.

To make matters worse for New York, Derek Jeter left the game with a left hip strain.

"It just wasn't our day, I guess," said Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles Angels moved eight games ahead of the losing Oakland A's in the AL West with a 10-1 home rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Source: China Daily/Agencies

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