Shawn Green homered to extend his hitting streak to a team-record 27 games and Kelvim Escobar pitched a six-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 8-2, last night.
Green hit his 30th home run to break the Blue Jays mark of 26 straight games by John Olerud in 1993.
"It's a big thrill," Green said. Blue Jays reliever "Paul Quantrill got the ball for me. He said he made a nice catch in the bullpen -- I'll take his word for it."
Willie Greene, who had three hits and drove in three runs, and Green hit consecutive homers in the first inning for a 2-1 lead. Green reached the 30-homer mark for the second straight year.
Detroit reliever C.J. Nitkowski barely missed Carlos Delgado's head with a pitch in the seventh. Delgado glared at Nitkowski, then hit the next pitch over the center field wall for his 26th homer. Tony Fernandez followed with a home run.
Escobar (9-7) pitched his first career complete game in 31 starts. He struck out six and walked two in sending Detroit to its fourth straight loss.
YANKEES 13, RED SOX 3: Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter started the game with consecutive home runs and Hideki Irabu struck out 12 to push New York to the victory in Boston.
Knoblauch, who missed the previous two games after complaining of dizziness, was 5 for 6 with four RBI.
"Partly cloudy, he comes out and whacks the ball," Manager Joe Torre said. "Maybe he'll pass it around to the other guys, too."
Jorge Posada had two doubles and a two-run homer, and Scott Brosius also had three hits for New York.
The back-to-back homers to lead off the game were the first for the Yankees since April 27, 1955, when Hank Bauer and Andy Carey did it against the Chicago White Sox.
Irabu (8-3) settled down after a shaky first inning to win his seventh consecutive decision. He allowed six hits and a walk in his second complete game of the season, and at one point struck out five in a row.
INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 2: Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings for his fourth win in July and Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer as Cleveland won its fourth straight, beating visiting Chicago.
Colon (10-3) went 4-0 in six July starts and overpowered the White Sox after giving up a run in the first. He retired 10 in a row and 18 of 19 during one stretch. He allowed six hits, walked none and struck out four. Colon, who has pitched into the eighth inning in six of his last eight starts, has lowered his ERA from 6.39 to 4.36 since May 29.
Manny Ramirez got his major league-leading 107th and 108th RBI, Alex Ramirez had three hits and Roberto Alomar and Omar Vizquel drove in two runs each for the Indians. Vizquel was 3 for 5 and is 10 for 20 with nine runs and six RBI in his past four games.
RANGERS 9, ROYALS 2: Todd Zeile and Ivan Rodriguez had three RBI each, leading Texas over visiting Kansas City. Rodriguez went 3 for 5 and Zeile drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly as the Rangers won for the 11th time in 12 games.
Texas is 4-0 against Kansas City this season and 16-4 against the AL Central.
Esteban Loaiza (3-1) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to win his third straight decision as the Rangers began a season-long 13-game homestand.
TWINS 3, ANGELS 1: Brad Radke came within two outs of his first shutout in more than a year and Minnesota won in Anaheim, which has lost 12 of its past 13 games. Radke (8-9), who had lost four of his six previous decisions, allowed seven hits. He struck out three and walked two.
ATHLETICS 4, DEVIL RAYS 1: In Oakland, Mike Oquist pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and Miguel Tejada and Matt Stairs each hit two-run homers.