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Yank's Cabrera hits for cycle

MELKY Cabrera drove in four runs and became the first New York Yankee to hit for the cycle in 14 years in an 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Cabrera had a home run, triple, double and single as the Yankees ended a three-game skid to the White Six and hung on to first place in the American League East, a half-game in front of the Boston Red Sox.

Cabrera launched the win with a three-run homer in the second inning and added a run-scoring single in the fifth. He had a double in the fourth and a triple in the ninth. "I feel really happy, but I'm more happy because we won the game," Cabrera said.

No Yankee had hit for the cycle since Tony Fernandez in 1995.

"He got us started with that three-run homer, and to be able to end it with that cycle is really special," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Cabrera needed to dive head first into third base to beat Gordon Beckham's tag for his triple.

"It's great," Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said. "I don't remember seeing one .... I was telling him, 'Go! Go! Don't stop at second base. Whatever happens, go'."

Cabrera's teammates cheered wildly in the dugout.

"Everyone was jumping up and down, clapping, cheering," Nick Swisher said. "Not many people get a chance to do that. That's the first time I've ever seen (a cycle) in person. It's just an awesome thing."

The first three hits came off Chicago starter and loser Mark Buehrle (11-5) who gave up 12 hits and seven runs in four-plus innings in his first start at home since pitching a perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.

"I made a bad pitch on a hanging changeup on the home run," Buehrle said. "It was just one of those days."

Chicago bounced back from a 0-3 deficit with four runs in the third inning. But the Yankees took control with two runs each in the fourth and fifth. Yankees starter CC Sabathia (11-7) held on for seven-plus innings for the win, but was charged with 10 hits and five runs.

In other AL action, it was: Angels 13, Twins 4; Red Sox 18, Orioles 10; Royals 4, Rays 1; Indians 11, Tigers 1; Blue Jays 7, Athletics 2; and Rangers 4, Mariners 2.

In Atlanta, Matt Kemp homered and matched a career high with five RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the National League.

Also, it was: Astros 2, Cardinals 0; Rockies 6, Reds 4, 11 innings; Nationals 5, Pirates 3; Diamondbacks 5, Mets 2; Giants 7, Phillies 3; Brewers 6, Padres 1; and Marlins 3, Cubs 2.


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