Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer in his return to the Boston lineup after missing four games with a jammed right pinkie to start the Red Sox' 7-1 win over the Athletics last night in Oakland, Calif.

Derek Lowe (14-10) won his fifth straight decision and hasn't lost since a 4-3 defeat at Detroit on Aug. 6. Kevin Millar homered and finished 3 for 3 with a double.

Gabe Kapler added a two-run homer and Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run double for the Red Sox, who stayed 21/2 games back of first-place New York in the AL East.

The Red Sox lead the wild card and have won 13 of their last 14. They got three more homers after hitting two in their 8-3 victory Monday night, and are getting solid contributions from their entire lineup.

Oakland had its division lead trimmed to 11/2 games over of the Anaheim Angels.

Lowe was effective in 61/3 innings, yielding one run and five hits, striking out one and walking four.

Damon, who played one season for the A's in 2001, lofted a 1-0 pitch off Mark Redman (10-11) down the right-field line in the first for his 15th homer of the year and a 10-game hitting streak. Kapler connected the next inning with a shot to left.

* RANGERS 10, WHITE SOX 3: Kenny Rogers allowed three runs over seven innings, David Dellucci keyed a seven-run second with a three-run double and host Texas snapped Chicago's four-game winning streak.

Rogers (16-7) is one win shy of matching the best season of his 16-year career -- 17-7 for the Rangers in 1995. He gave up eight hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Alfonso Soriano homered and Mark Teixeira went 2 for 4 with three RBI for the Rangers, who have won just two of nine games.

Carl Everett had two doubles for the White Sox, who fell 81/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

* ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 2: Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings, and Chone Figgins and Garret Anderson homered as Anaheim won at home.

Colon (14-11) limited the Blue Jays to six hits. The Angels' burly right-hander struck out seven and walked one to help Anaheim win its fourth straight.

Gregg Zaun hit a two-run homer off Colon in the seventh for the Blue Jays' runs. Zaun's fifth homer just cleared the short wall inside the right-field foul pole.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth inning and Troy Percival the ninth for the Angels.

Rodriguez struck out Orlando Hudson for his 110th strikeout of the season, a club record for a reliever. The old mark was 109 by DeWayne Buice in 1987.

* YANKEES 11, DEVIL RAYS 2: Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each hit two-run doubles, and Jon Lieber struck out a season-high nine to lead New York at home.

Gary Sheffield had four hits and Bernie Williams homered for the Yankees, who won their third in a row.

Rocco Baldelli hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Tampa Bay, which lost its ninth straight.

New York leadoff hitter Derek Jeter had three of the Yankees' 16 hits, including a two-run single. Rodriguez, moved up to the No. 2 spot Monday for the first time since 1999, had three RBI.

* ROYALS 6, TIGERS 2: Dee Brown homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Kansas City in Detroit.

Jimmy Serrano (1-1) picked up his first major league victory with three scoreless innings of relief, helping the Royals win for just the fifth time in 16 games.