Fred McGriff homered twice, giving him five in five games, as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the visiting Anaheim Angels, 7-0, last night to send the Angels to their major league-high 11th straight loss.
McGriff hit his 24th and 25th homers of the season, off Omar Olivares (8-9), to help the Devil Rays, who snapped a five-game losing streak, build a 6-0 lead through five innings.
The 35-year-old first baseman has homered in four of the last five games and has six in eight games. Prior to that stretch, he went 69 at-bats without one, his longest drought of the season.
Anaheim, which has not won since a 10-inning victory over Los Angeles on July 15, managed only four hits off right-hander Bobby Witt (6-6), who pitched his second shutout of the season.
The complete game was the 46th for Witt, who has 11 career shutouts. He blanked Toronto on a three-hitter June 27 after going nearly five years without a complete game.
The right-hander struck out four, walked three and didn't permit a runner past second base while allowing singles to Troy Glaus, Gary DiSarcina and Mo Vaughn. He had retired nine in a row before Randy Velarde singled with one out in the ninth.
INDIANS 6, TIGERS 3: Jim Thome drove in three runs and Dave Burba won for the first time in more than a month as Cleveland returned home from a rough weekend in New York to beat Detroit and snap a five-game losing streak.
Burba (8-6) won for the first time since June 19 and Omar Vizquel had three hits for the Indians, who won for just the third time in 12 games since the all-star break.
Cleveland was coming off a three-game sweep by the Yankees, who pounded the Indians, 21-1, on Saturday and won the other two games in their final at-bats.
Despite their recent tailspin -- 13-19 since June 22 -- the Indians still led the AL Central by 11 games coming in, and with the win improved to 24-11 against division foes.
Deivi Cruz homered for the Tigers and Luis Polonia had three hits.
Although they stopped their slide, the Indians, who held a players-only meeting before the game, can't seem to keep everyone healthy.
They got a scare in the third inning when Manny Ramirez, the majors' RBI leader with 102, left the game with a bruised left knee after being hit by a pitch from Justin Thompson (9-9). Ramirez is day-to-day.
ATHLETICS 14, TWINS 7: Tony Phillips's RBI single off Eddie Guardado in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run and sparked a seven-run rally that lifted visiting Oakland over Minnesota.
The Athletics had squandered a 7-2 lead before the eighth-inning outburst. They hit six straight singles in the inning before Matt Stairs hit a 430-foot three-run homer off Hector Carrasco.
Benj Sampson (3-1), who gave up the first two hits of the inning, took the loss. Buddy Groom (3-2) was the winner despite allowing a two-run single to Todd Walker in the seventh that tied it at 7.
BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 3: Tony Batista homered with two outs in the 11th inning to lift streaking Toronto to a victory over host Chicago.
Shawn Green extended his hitting streak to an AL season-high 24 games for Toronto, which has won nine of its last 10 and leads Boston by 1 1/2 games in the wild-card race.
Batista hit the first pitch he saw from Bob Howry (2-2) over the fence in left-center for his 13th homer since being traded from Arizona on June 12. Batista had only five homers with the Diamondbacks.