ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Tim Wakefield continued his dominance over Tampa Bay, allowing four hits over seven innings as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Devil Rays 6-0 on Monday night.
Wakefield improved to 19-2 - including a 9-0 mark at Tropicana Field - all-time against the Devil Rays. It's the most wins by any Tampa Bay opponent. Wakefield (15-10) struck out five and walked one, and moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins this season.
The Devil Rays lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 47-77, two games worse than they were at this time last year.
Mike Lowell had a homer and drove in three runs, and Manny Ramirez had two RBIs for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who are 11-8 in August. Ramirez has 39 RBIs in 38 games since the All-Star break.
Lowell put the Red Sox up 2-0 on a two-run double in the first. His solo homer off Scott Kazmir (9-8) extended the Boston lead to 6-0 in the fifth. The blast ended Kazmir's stretch of not allowing a homer in nine straight starts.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Jack Hannahan hit his first major league home run and Joe Blanton remained unbeaten in August for Oakland.
Nick Swisher also homered for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Swisher singled twice and went 3-for-4.
Blanton (11-8) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings, walking none and striking out six to improve to 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA in four August starts.
Toronto scored three in the eighth against reliever Andrew Brown. Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored on Lyle Overbay's double. Two outs later, Frank Thomas and Troy Glaus hit back-two-back RBI doubles, chasing Brown.
Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum lost for the first time in six starts. Marcum (10-5) allowed six runs and nine hits over three innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. He walked one and struck out four.
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