The Boston Red Sox lost for the first time in 11 games, falling to the Texas Rangers, 8-6, yesterday and missing a chance to pull within 11/2 games of the New York Yankees in the American League East.
Michael Young hit a three-run homer and Rod Barajas went 3 for 4 with a two-run shot for Texas, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Red Sox, who had won 10 straight and 16 of 17 to climb from 101/2 games back in the AL East, remained 21/2 games behind the division-leading Yankees. New York lost to Baltimore, 7-0, and had the Red Sox won, they could have pulled within 11/2 games for the first time since June 2, when they began the day one game back.
It was Boston's longest winning streak since capturing 12 straight Aug. 3-14, 1995, the year the Red Sox last won the AL East title. Since then, New York has won eight straight division crowns.
Texas pulled within six games of the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race with the victory.
Mark Bellhorn hit his second career grand slam and David Ortiz added a solo shot for Boston, which rallied from an 8-1 deficit with a five-run seventh.
Chris Young (1-1), a 25-year-old right-hander making just his third major league start, threw mostly fastballs in holding Boston to two hits and one run over 52/3 innings for his first major league win.
* WHITE SOX 8, MARINERS 7: In Chicago, Ichiro Suzuki went 5 for 5, but Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings to lead the White Sox over Seattle.
Suzuki leads the majors with 223 hits, 34 short of the all-time single-season record. He has 27 games remaining to reach the record of 257 hits, set by George Sisler in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns.
Suzuki has had five or more hits in a game three times -- all this season. He has two or more hits in six of his last seven games.
Buehrle (13-8) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings.
* ATHLETICS 9, BLUE JAYS 5: Oakland scored twice on wild pitches to tie it, and Eric Byrnes provided insurance with a three-run double in the ninth, propelling the visiting Athletics to their 16th win in the last 18 games.
Oakland pulled within 5-4 in the eighth on a wild pitch from Vinnie Chulk, then tied it in the ninth on another miscue by Jason Frasor. Mark McLemore put the A's ahead with a sacrifice fly before Byrnes's big hit.
* ANGELS 6, INDIANS 1: Amid a barrage of bugs, Jarrod Washburn returned from the disabled list and led Anaheim on the road. Washburn (11-5), sidelined since July 20 with an injured rib cage, allowed two hits in five innings as Anaheim stayed four games behind Oakland in the AL West. In his previous start, Washburn gave up 13 hits -- four homers -- in a loss to Cleveland.
* TWINS 4, ROYALS 3: In Minneapolis, Terry Tiffee led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major league home run to lift the Twins.
Tiffee, who joined the Twins when rosters expanded on Sept. 1, hit a 2-2 pitch from Dennys Reyes (3-8) over the left field fence to give the Twins their fifth straight victory.
Tiffee went 3 for 4.
* TIGERS-DEVIL RAYS, PPD.: Tampa Bay postponed yesterday's and today's games against visiting Detroit because of Hurricane Frances.