New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez celebrates as he runs the bases on his first-inning, solo home run, against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens
April 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez has hit his 659th home run, putting him one behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.

The three-time MVP connected off New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the first inning of the Subway Series finale Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez drove a 2-2 curve to right-center, with the ball bouncing off the top of the fence for a solo shot.

It was the fifth homer of the season for A-Rod, who sat out last year while serving a drug suspension.

Rodriguez's first chance to match Mays came in the second inning, when the longtime Yankees slugger doubled to left field. He was thrown out trying to advance to third after an error by Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer.

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