BOSTON (AP) -David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that barely cleared the low wall in right field to give Boston a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
Ortiz homered twice and drove in all five runs as the Red Sox held their five-game lead over New York in the AL East. The Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night.
Julio Lugo drew a leadoff walk from Al Reyes (2-3) and one out later, Ortiz hit his 10th game-winning homer with Boston, and his first this year.
Jonathan Papelbon (1-2) got the win.
A night after the Devil Rays wasted an 8-1 lead and lost 16-10, they blew a 4-0 lead.
Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the third. That gave Ortiz his 30th homer and 102 RBIs - he has reached 30 homers and at least 100 RBIs in all five of his seasons with Boston.
Starter Jon Lester pitched 3 2-3 innings, his second-shortest outing in nine starts for Boston. But four relievers held the Devil Rays to one hit over 5 1-3 innings.
Carlos Pena singled for his 110th RBI in the first inning and B.J. Upton homered off the screen attached to the right-field foul pole to make it 3-0. Jonny Gomes' RBI single gave the Devil Rays a 4-0 lead.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO (AP) - Mike Mussina pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning in his return to the rotation and New York won its seventh straight game.
The Yankees held their four-game lead over Detroit in the AL wild-card race. They trail Boston by five games in the AL East.
Mussina (9-10) was dropped from the rotation late last month after allowing 19 earned runs over 9 2-3 innings in three straight losses. He made his first start since Aug. 27 and gave up five singles in 5 2-3 innings.
The Blue Jays lost their fifth in a row.
Yankees rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain worked a perfect seventh, then gave up the first run of his major league career in the eighth - it was unearned after third baseman Alex Rodriguez made a wild throw on a two-out grounder. Chamberlain had not allowed a run in 14 1-3 innings over 11 appearances. Mariano Rivera got four outs for his 26th save.
Hideki Matsui had an RBI double and Robinson Cano had a two-run single for the Yankees.
Dustin McGowan (10-9) allowed four runs and three hits in five innings in losing for the first time in three starts.
Angels 18, Orioles 6
BALTIMORE (AP) - Garret Anderson homered and had five RBIs and Kelvim Escobar earned his 17th win despite yielding six runs for Los Angeles.
Vladimir Guerrero drove in four runs and Brandon Wood hit his first major league homer for the Angels, who reduced their magic number for clinching the AL West to nine, pending Seattle's late game against Oakland. Los Angeles, which tied a season high for runs, has outscored Baltimore 28-11 in the first two games of the three-game series.
Escobar (17-7) was staked to a 5-0 lead before he threw his first pitch. Although the right-hander lasted only 5 1-3 innings, the Angels made it easy for him to earn his 100th career win.
Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera (9-16) gave up a career-high 10 runs, eight earned, in 4 1-3 innings.
The Orioles issued 13 walks and committed three errors. Los Angeles scored five runs in the eighth inning on five walks, an error and one hit.
Baltimore has lost 18 of 21, a streak that started on Aug. 22 when the team announced manager Dave Trembley would return in 2008. Baltimore has been outscored 196-96 during that span.
Tigers 5, Rangers 1
DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez hit a three-run home run, Gary Sheffield had a two-run homer and Justin Verlander allowed only a run for Detroit.
The Tigers have won seven of nine to stay in the wild-card chase, remaining four games behind the New York Yankees.
Texas has dropped two straight after winning 13 of 15.
Verlander (17-5) gave up seven hits, a walk and struck out seven. He has won four straight starts, combining to allow just three runs.
Edinson Volquez (2-1) gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks while striking out a career-high six.
A day after snapping an 0-for-25 skid, Sheffield's two-run homer in the first inning ended a 16-game homerless drought.
Ordonez's three-run shot put Detroit ahead 5-1 in the sixth and gave him 132 RBIs for the season - the most since Cecil Fielder had 133 in 1991.
White Sox 7, Indians 4
CHICAGO (AP) - Jim Thome hit his 499th homer and drove in three runs to lead Chicago.
Thome homered leading off the fourth inning against Jake Westbrook and gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead. It was his 27th of the season.
The White Sox, already eliminated from the playoffs, ended a three-game skid and snapped AL Central-leading Cleveland's four-game winning streak.
Thome, who has battled injuries this year, drove in two runs with a broken-bat single in the fifth. He singled with two outs in the seventh and Paul Konerko drove him in with his 29th homer.
Javier Vazquez (12-8) struck out nine and gave up two runs, one earned, and six hits.
Westbrook (5-9) gave up five runs, four earned, and seven hits in six innings.
Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez had RBI singles for Cleveland.
Royals 6, Twins 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gil Meche won for the first time in almost two months, and David DeJesus and Mark Teahen homered as Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Meche (8-12) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, earning his first win since he beat Detroit on July 20. He was 0-6 with three no-decisions in his previous nine starts.
DeJesus hit an RBI triple off Carlos Silva in the second and added a two-run homer in the sixth off Kevin Slowey, giving him a career-best 57 RBIs.
Silva (11-14) allowed three runs and five hits in two innings before departing with a pulled right groin.
Teahen had a single, double and solo homer as the Royals picked up their 63rd victory, guaranteeing that for the first time in four seasons they will not lose 100 games.
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