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Rodriguez snaps homer drought, goes deep twice

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Alex Rodriguez finally broke out Tuesday, belting a pair of solo home runs against James Shields to help the Yankees snap their six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Rays.

Rodriguez had been in a serious power slump, hitting only one home run in 21 games dating back to April 24. He was hitting .171 during that stretch, collecting only three extra-base hits before taking Shields deep in the fourth and sixth innings.

It was the 59th career multi-homer game for Rodriguez, his first since last Sept. 24 against the Red Sox.

"I thought I was a lot more quiet at the plate today," Rodriguez said. "I've had some good sessions with (hitting coach Kevin Long) over the last week or so. The results have not been there. My struggles have been really unacceptable, but hopefully today was a start to good things to come."

Rodriguez grounded out to third base in his first at-bat of the game, though he was as happy with that swing as he was with the swings on both of his home runs.

"I've been struggling for a while now, and it's really not acceptable," Rodriguez said. "I thought my first at-bat set the tone. I laid off a couple of good changeups and then hit a ball hard to third base."

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