Anaheim's losing streak is finally over.
The Angels stopped an 11-game losing streak, their longest in seven years, beating the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-5, last night behind a four-run second inning and Garret Anderson's two-run homer.
Gary DiSarcina had a two-run single in the second as Anaheim ended its longest skid since losing 11 straight from June 28 to July 9, 1992. It was the longest losing streak in the major leagues this season.
"Any game you win is important, but just to win right now is huge for us," Anaheim Manager Terry Collins said. "I want them to enjoy it. They should relax and have some fun."
Anaheim sent 10 men to the plate in the second and got five hits. Steve Decker had a run-scoring single and Randy Velarde hit an RBI double.
Anderson's fifth-inning homer, which made it 6-1, was his 16th, tying a career high set in 1995.
Fred McGriff, mentioned in trade rumors this week, went 4 for 5 for the Devil Rays and is 14 for 22 (.636) with 12 RBI in his last six games.
INDIANS 14, TIGERS 5: Jim Thome and Richie Sexson hit long home runs in Cleveland's eight-run second inning, and the host Indians looked more like themselves.
Omar Vizquel added four RBI and Sexson homered twice for the Indians, who won for just the fourth time in 13 games since the all-star break.
After the Indians snapped a five-game losing streak by winning the series opener Monday night, Detroit Manager Larry Parrish feared his team might be coming to Cleveland at a bad time. "You don't want to catch them coming out of it, that could be something," he said.
For the first time since the all-star break, Cleveland pummeled an opposing starting pitcher, and scored at least 10 runs for the 17th time this season. The Indians got six doubles and posted their highest run total in 72 games without Manny Ramirez, the major league RBI leader, who is sidelined with a bruised left knee.
Charles Nagy (12-6) allowed five runs and nine hits in eight innings to improve to 16-4 in 23 career starts against the Tigers. Steve Karsay, activated from the DL on Monday, pitched a hitless ninth.
RED SOX 11, BLUE JAYS 9: In Toronto, John Valentin hit a go-ahead double in the fifth and Boston rallied from a four-run deficit for the win.
Boston, which had lost 12 of 17 coming in and dropped out of the lead in the AL wild-card race, trailed 7-3 before scoring six runs in the fifth. The Red Sox, who trail the Blue Jays by a half-game, had 18 hits.
Toronto, which was nine games behind Boston on June 28, has gone 19-6 since. The Blue Jays lost for just the second time in 11 games.
Toronto's Shawn Green extended his hitting streak to an AL season-high 25 games.
YANKEES 5, WHITE SOX 3: In Chicago, Orlando Hernandez overcame two homers by Magglio Ordonez to lead New York to its seventh consecutive win. Hernandez (12-6) won his fifth consecutive decision, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks in six innings. He is 3-0 in five starts this month. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.
The Yankees have put together winning streaks of at least seven games three times this season and boast baseball's best record at 61-37.
TWINS 3, ATHLETICS 2: Ron Coomer's RBI single off closer Billy Taylor capped a three-run eighth-inning rally that lifted Joe Mays (4-3) and host Minnesota to the victory.
Chad Allen tied it at 2 with a two-run double off Taylor (1-5) that ruined another fine start by rookie Tim Hudson, who has lost just once in 21 professional starts this season.
ROYALS 9, MARINERS 7: Kevin Appier, in what may have been his final start for Kansas City, pitched seven strong innings as the Royals overcame Ken Griffey Jr.'s 33rd homer for the home win. Appier (9-9), on the trading block all season, allowed two runs and eight hits while striking out four.