Baseball Kris Bryant, Alex Rodriguez blast homers

Kris Bryant delivered in a big way for the Chicago Cubs, while Alex Rodriguez celebrated his birthday with a homer.

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Kris Bryant delivered in a big way for the Chicago Cubs, while Alex Rodriguez celebrated his birthday with a homer.

Bryant blasted a two-run walk-off homer to see the Cubs edge the Colorado Rockies 9-8, completing a comeback win.

The Cubs had trailed 4-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning and needed Bryant's blast.

Rodriguez turned 40 on Monday and celebrated with a solo homer in the New York Yankees' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

Eric Hosmer's four RBIs helped the Kansas City Royals past the Cleveland Indians 9-4 and the Tampa Bay Rays were 5-2 winners over the Detroit Tigers.

The San Francisco Giants claimed a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and the St Louis Cardinals overcame the Cincinnati Reds 4-1.

The Chicago White Sox had a 10-8 win over the Boston Red Sox, Nick Markakis' return to Baltimore ended in a 2-1 loss for his Atlanta Braves against the Orioles and the Arizona Diamondbacks needed 10 innings to edge the Seattle Mariners 4-3.

IMPACT PLAYERS
Curt Casali, Tampa Bay Rays:
Casali hit a pair of homers and added a single for a three-for-four performance. He now has five long balls in 51 plate appearances.

Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: Hosmer went three-for-five with a home run and four RBIs.

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves: Wood scattered just three singles over 7.1 scoreless innings, while striking out seven batters. Despite the nice outing, Wood was scored with a no-decision as Baltimore's Kevin Gausman had 7.2 scoreless innings.

KEY INJURIES
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was a late scratch from the game with the Giants due to lower back tightness.

Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game against the Reds in the fifth inning because he was "not feeling well".

Out for over a month with a small fracture in his right fibula, Giants outfielder Nori Aoki returned to the line-up.

REACTIONS
"It's amazing," Rodriguez said. "As a teenager I hit a home run and today I hit a home run - a lot has happened, and I'm just happy to be here."

FACTS OF THE DAY
Rodriguez became just the fourth player to have a homer in his teens and 40s.

Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino became the first White Sox batters to lead off a game with back-to-back triples since Chico Carrasquel and Nellie Fox did so in 1954.

With his first-inning home run, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has hit at least 20 homers for the 14th straight season. Only Hank Aaron (20), Babe Ruth (16), Rodriguez (15), Barry Bonds (15) Willie Mays (15) have completed that feat in more consecutive seasons.

With their win over the Indians, the Royals have reached 60 wins prior to their 100th game for just the third time (1976 and1980) in franchise history, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

SURPRISE PERFORMERS
Good: Braves outfielder Eury Perez ended a three-for-21 slump by going three-for-four with a stolen base.

Bad: The White Sox jumped on Red Sox starter Joe Kelly immediately for four runs in the first inning. Kelly gave up seven hits and five runs in 3.1 innings.

LOOKING AHEAD
Jeff Samardzija could be starting for the White Sox for the last time in their clash at the Red Sox, while the Marlins host the Nationals and the Reds visit the Cardinals.

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