Tim Wakefield allowed three hits in eight innings and the Red Sox won their sixth straight with a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers yesterday in Boston.
"I think we can beat any team right now," Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon said. "Our team is rising up."
Wakefield (11-7) gave up only Nook Logan's double in the third, Craig Monroe's 10th homer in the fifth and Logan's single in the eighth.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the fifth off Wilfredo Ledezma (3-2) and two in the seventh on Mark Bellhorn's 14th homer against Craig Dingman.
Wakefield's performance capped a four-game sweep of the Tigers that featured brilliant pitching by the Red Sox, who outscored the Tigers 20-6 and outhit them 42-22.
Wakefield, who just missed his first complete game since Aug. 19, 1998, at Kansas City, threw 100 pitches, 73 for strikes, before Curtis Leskanic worked a hitless ninth.
Wakefield, 6-1 in his past seven starts, struck out seven and walked one, the 11th time in 12 games that he's walked fewer than three.
"My concentration was a lot better," said the knuckleballer, who gave up seven runs in five innings in a win at Detroit on Aug. 8. "I mixed in my breaking ball and my fastball a little bit more this time."
The Red Sox are 12-1 in their past 13 games after winning their fourth straight series.
* BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 4: Carlos Delgado homered in Toronto's five-run seventh and the Blue Jays ended a five-game losing skid after a power outage delayed the start at SkyDome for about an hour.
Miguel Batista (10-10) won for the first time since July 23 -- a span of seven starts -- and allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
A spokesman for Hydro One, an Ontario power company, said a raccoon might have caused an insulator to blow at a nearby power station.
* ANGELS 4, TWINS 2: Adam Kennedy hit a two-run homer in the ninth to lead Anaheim to the home victory.
"I think Adam Kennedy is the Rally Monkey," Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter said in reference to the Angels' video mascot. "The Rally Monkey lives within him. If you get rid of Adam Kennedy, the Rally Monkey is no more."
* INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 0: Scott Elarton pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Casey Blake hit two of Cleveland's four homers to lead the Indians to victory.
It was the fastest game in Jacobs Field history at 1 hour 56 minutes.
* MARINERS 5, ROYALS 4: Ichiro Suzuki homered, scored three times and got three more hits, leading host Seattle past Kansas City. Suzuki, who is chasing George Sisler's major league record for hits in a season, finished 3 for 4 and has 209 hits. Sisler had 257 hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
* ATHLETICS 9, DEVIL RAYS 6: Billy McMillon hit a three-run homer in the ninth and host Oakland completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
Mark Mulder was in position to become the first 18-game winner in the major leagues until Oakland closer Octavio Dotel (4-1) gave up consecutive homers to Aubrey Huff and Jose Cruz with two outs in the ninth, tying it at 6.