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With two homers, A-Rod passes Sosa

With two homers, A-Rod passes Sosa

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez connected for the 609th and 610th home runs of his career in Friday's 10-8 Yankees loss to the Red Sox, moving past Sammy Sosa for sole possession of sixth place on baseball's all-time list.

One inning after the Yankees' third baseman launched a 3-1 pitch from the Red Sox's Josh Beckett for a solo blast in the sixth, he went deep over the left-center-field wall to trim New York's deficit to 10-7. Rodriguez's first homer struck the facing of the second deck beyond the left-field wall.

Rodriguez became the seventh and youngest member of baseball's 600-homer club on Aug. 4. Only Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Ken Griffey Jr. (630) have hit more home runs.

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The first of Rodriguez's two homers, his 26th of the year, helped the Yankees close to within 10-3 of the Red Sox, who battered starter Andy Pettitte for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

A-Rod's first blast came as part of a back-to-back sequence against Beckett, with Mark Teixeira preceding it with his 31st home run of the year.

It was the eighth time the Yankees have hit back-to-back homers this season; they last did it on Aug. 30 against the A's, when Teixeira and Robinson Cano accomplished the feat.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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