Tampa Bay's team-record winning streak ended at 12 games when Reed Johnson hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning last night to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the visiting Devil Rays, 2-1.
The Devil Rays had not lost since the San Francisco Giants beat them, 7-3, on June 8. It was the longest winning streak in the major leagues since Arizona won 12 straight from June 18 to June 30 last season.
"I'm proud of the way this team played," Tampa Bay Manager Lou Piniella said. "You can't keep something like this going forever."
Toronto trailed 1-0 but tied the score in the eighth when Tampa Bay starter Victor Zambrano bounced a wild pitch after Alex Rios singled, stole second and took third on a groundout.
In the 10th, Dave Berg led off with a single against Jesus Colome (1-1), Frank Menechino walked on four pitches and Howie Clark sacrificed. Johnson singled up the middle, scoring pinch runner Chris Woodward.
Jason Frasor (3-2) pitched the 10th to complete a six-hitter for Toronto, which stopped the Devil Rays' road winning streak at eight.
* TWINS 4, RED SOX 2: Torii Hunter had a home run and three RBI to lead Minnesota on the road.
Boston second baseman Pokey Reese severely sprained his left thumb diving for a ground ball in the second. Reese left the game and X-rays taken at Fenway Park were negative. He then went to a hospital for an MRI exam.
Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller, last year's AL batting champion, is on the disabled list. During the past two weeks two other key players were activated for the first time this season -- shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who missed the first 57 games with Achilles' tendinitis, and right fielder Trot Nixon, sidelined for the first 63 games with back and thigh problems.
Carlos Silva (8-4) held the Red Sox scoreless until Mark Bellhorn's eighth homer of the season made it 4-1 leading off the sixth.
Derek Lowe (6-6) had not yielded an earned run in 18 consecutive innings coming in but gave up two in the first. He allowed just two hits and a walk in the next four innings before Hunter's two-run homer in the sixth.
Nixon pulled the Red Sox within two in the seventh inning when he hit his third homer since he was activated June 16. Silva left after Jason Varitek's one-out double, but Juan Rincon retired the next two batters.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities. After Garciaparra's leadoff double, he retired Nixon on a popup and Kevin Millar and Varitek on groundouts.
* ROYALS 7, TIGERS 3: Dee Brown hit a two-run single that capped a four-run first inning and Darrell May won his third straight decision in Kansas City's home win.
Detroit lost its fifth straight game, a season high, and made two errors in a three-run eighth inning that raised its major league-leading total to 65. May (5-8) allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings.
* INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 5: In Chicago, pinch hitter Ben Broussard had a grand slam in the eighth inning and Ronnie Belliard homered in his third straight game for Cleveland. Casey Blake and Lou Merloni also homered for the Indians. Paul Konerko hit two and Aaron Rowand one for Chicago.
* RANGERS 6, MARINERS 3: Nick Bierbrodt pitched six strong innings to win for the first time in more than two years, lifting host Texas to its fifth straight victory.
* ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 1: Mark Redman beat the Angels for the first time in five career decisions, Scott Hatteberg hit a pair of sacrifice flies and visiting Oakland ended a four-game losing streak.