TORONTO (AP) -Josh Beckett became the first seven-game winner in the majors as Boston beat Toronto 9-2 on Tuesday night, the Blue Jays' seventh straight loss.
Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia each hit three-run homers for Boston while Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis added solo shots. Youkilis later was hit by a pitch above the left knee and left with a bruise.
Beckett (7-0) was tagged for a home run by Alex Rios on the first pitch of the game. He worked seven innings, setting down 14 straight at one stretch. He allowed one run and five hits, walked one, struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.51.
Youkilis got the Red Sox started with a home run in the first, and Boston led 8-1 by the third.
Victor Zambrano (0-2) gave up eight runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Yankees 8, Rangers 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer in 15 days and Andy Pettitte pitched seven sharp innings as New York won its seventh straight over Texas.
Derek Jeter drove in two runs for New York, which has won six of eight. Robinson Cano broke out of a 1-for-21 slump with two doubles.
Pettitte (2-1) allowed one run and seven hits for his first win in five starts since April 10 at Minnesota.
Hank Blalock doubled three times and walked for the Rangers, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Toronto.
Mike Wood (0-1) gave up eight runs and nine hits in four innings.
Tigers 9, Mariners 7
DETROIT (AP) - Omar Infante drove in a career-high four runs and Gary Sheffield homered for Detroit in its eighth straight victory.
The Tigers' streak is their longest of the season and the best current string in the majors.
Richie Sexson's three-run homer gave Seattle a 3-0 lead in the first, but Detroit tied it the next inning and went ahead with another three-run burst in the fourth.
Infante's double and triple were the big hits in the three-run innings and his RBI single in the sixth put the Tigers ahead 7-5.
Sheffield gave Detroit a three-run lead in the seventh with his fourth homer in six games.
Jeremy Bonderman (2-0) gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings. Horacio Ramirez (2-2) allowed seven runs and 11 hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Orioles 8, Devil Rays 3
BALTIMORE (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie allowed one run over six innings to earn his second major league victory for Baltimore, which got home runs from Nick Markakis and Jay Gibbons.
Melvin Mora drove in two runs and Miguel Tejada had three hits for the Orioles, who led 5-1 after three innings against struggling Tampa Bay starter Jae Seo (1-3).
Guthrie (2-1) gave up six hits, struck out two and walked none in his second start of the season.
Carlos Pena went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Devil Rays, who have lost nine of 11 against Baltimore dating to last season.
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