Once again, Butch Huskey was a big hit.
Huskey starred in his second game for Boston, hitting a grand slam and a solo home run to lead Pat Rapp and the visiting Red Sox over Toronto, 8-0.
"There's no way to do it any better," Huskey said. "I'm just happy I've contributed, and helped this club pull out a couple big wins."
Huskey was acquired Monday from Seattle and went 3 for 5 Tuesday night in his Red Sox debut. He came back to break open a scoreless game in the sixth inning with his second slam this year, and hit his 17th homer in the ninth.
"I'm relaxed, and these guys have made me feel welcome right away, and I think that's a big key for me going out there feeling comfortable," Huskey said. "I don't feel any pressure. I'm just another piece of the puzzle to help this team."
Rapp and Tim Wakefield combined on a two-hitter as the Red Sox improved to 8-1 against the Blue Jays this season. Boston had lost 12 of 18 before sweeping the two-game series and moving ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL wild-card race.
Shawn Green extended his hitting streak to 26 games, longest in the AL this year and matching John Olerud for the longest in team history. Green singled on a grounder to shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who bounced his throw to first.
WHITE SOX 11, YANKEES 3: Magglio Ordonez and Ray Durham homered in a six-run fifth inning as host Chicago snapped New York's seven-game winning streak.
Andy Pettitte (7-8) took the loss, the first by a Yankees starter in the last 11 games. He gave up three runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since he went 2 2/3 innings on June 2. Pettitte denied he was preoccupied with a possible deal prior to Saturday's trading deadline.
"I feel there are a lot of things going on in his mind," Yankees Manager Joe Torre. "The deadline passing will help. I'm not saying it's the problem, but that's what I see from the side."
TWINS 5, ATHLETICS 3: For the first time in nearly three years, Minnesota is playing better-than-.500 ball.
"That's two good series in a row," reliever Mike Trombley said after the Twins' win over the visiting Athletics. "We need to get to the point where we expect to do this and not be surprised when it happens."
After an 18-36 start, the Twins are 24-22 since June 5, including 13-11 this month. They haven't finished with a winning record in a month since going 16-14 in August 1996.
"We've been a lot more consistent," Ron Coomer said. "Our starting pitching has definitely been better."
DEVIL RAYS 4, ANGELS 1: Wade Boggs went 3 for 4 to move within eight hits of 3,000, and host Tampa Bay beat Anaheim. The Angels suffered their 12th loss in 13 games.
"It can't get any more exciting than it is right now," Boggs said. "It's overflowing. You have to maintain your concentration and not lose your focus of what you have to do."
INDIANS 7, TIGERS 2: Dwight Gooden gave the Indians reason to consider putting him back in the starting rotation and Manny Ramirez raised his major league-leading RBI total to 106 as host Cleveland pummeled Detroit.
Gooden said he had been worried the Indians might try to trade him. At this point in his career, he knows he may not have many more chances to win a World Series. And if he's dealt, it probably won't be to a contending team.
"Hopefully, I can stay here and contribute," he said.
ROYALS 5, MARINERS 3: Carlos Beltran hit his second two-run homer in two days and Jose Rosado survived a shaky beginning to win his first game in more than a month as Kansas City beat visiting Seattle.
Rosado (6-8) went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He walked five and tied his season high with seven strikeouts in his first win since June 22, a span of five starts that included three no-decisions.