Ted Lilly struck out a career-high 13 in a three-hit shutout, stopping Boston's six-game winning streak and pitching the Toronto Blue Jays past Pedro Martinez and the visiting Red Sox, 3-0, last night.
Lilly (9-8) set a club record for strikeouts by a left-hander -- the mark of 11 was accomplished twice by David Wells and once by Al Leiter.
Reed Johnson hit a leadoff homer against Martinez (13-5), sending the last-place Blue Jays to their fourth consecutive victory. Lilly walked two and threw 126 pitches in his second career shutout and fourth complete game.
Manny Ramirez doubled in the first, Mark Bellhorn tripled in the fifth and Orlando Cabrera singled in the eighth for Boston's only hits. Martinez struck out 10 in seven innings for the Red Sox, who fell to 61/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. They were 101/2 back last Sunday.
Lilly's previous high of 11 strikeouts was set on June 22, 2002, when he pitched his first shutout with Oakland. The all-star left-hander threw a career-best two-hitter April 26 at Minnesota.
Lilly struck out a club-record six straight between the first and third innings. The previous mark was five, last done by Chris Carpenter on Sept. 4, 2001, versus the Yankees.
Lilly entered 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in 10 career games against Boston, including nine starts.
Martinez allowed three runs and four hits.
* ANGELS 9, ROYALS 4: Bartolo Colon allowed just two singles through the first seven innings and Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen homered on consecutive pitches, helping Anaheim, at home, to its sixth straight victory.
Colon (13-9) allowed five hits in 72/3 innings, including back-to-back homers in the eighth by Calvin Pickering and Aaron Guiel after a leadoff walk to Abraham Nunez.
Colon, staked to a 9-0 lead after six innings, struck out six and walked two. He is 8-1 in his last nine starts.
* YANKEES 6, INDIANS 4: Gary Sheffield hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning and New York sent host Cleveland to its eighth straight loss.
The Yankees stopped a slide of their own, winning for the second time in eight games and snapping a three-game losing streak. But shortstop Derek Jeter came out in the ninth after he bruised his left elbow when he was hit by a pitch from Bob Wickman.
* DEVIL RAYS 9, MARINERS 0: Scott Kazmir, called up earlier in the day, won his major league debut with five impressive innings, and Jose Cruz Jr. hit a three-run homer to lead visiting Tampa Bay.
The Devil Rays ended a six-game road losing streak and won for only the second time in their last 17 away from home.
* TWINS 7, RANGERS 4: Johan Santana (14-6) struck out 11 and allowed one run in eight innings to win his seventh-straight decision as visiting Minnesota padded its lead in the AL Central.
* TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 0: Jeremy Bonderman (7-10) struck out a career-high 14 and scattered eight hits in his first career shutout, leading Detroit at home.