TORONTO (AP) -Frank Thomas hit three home runs to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Monday night, raising his total to 512 and tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 18th on the career list.
Dustin McGowan (11-9) pitched a five-hitter, struck out nine and walked none, sending the AL East leaders to their third loss in four games. Boston's lead over New York in the division was cut to 3 1/2 games after the Yankees beat Baltimore - the smallest deficit since before play on April 22.
Thomas homered twice off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (16-11), then hit his third against reliever Kyle Snyder. Thomas had three homers one other time - hitting all of them off Wakefield at Fenway Park on Sept. 15, 1996.
Wakefield allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings with two walks and two strikeouts. He is 0-1 in three starts since missing a turn on Aug. 31 because of a sore lower back.
Yankees 8, Orioles 5
NEW YORK (AP) - Hideki Matsui broke out of a slump with a go-ahead homer, and Phil Hughes won his second straight start with help from a bullpen that escaped two bases-loaded jams.
Alex Rodriguez tied his career high of 142 RBIs, Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run single, Robinson Cano had an RBI double, Jorge Posada got three hits and Bobby Abreu drove in two runs as New York waited out an inconsistent Daniel Cabrera (9-17).
Derek Jeter singled and doubled, passing Bernie Williams for fourth place on the club's career list with 2,337 hits. The Yankees improved to a season-best 22 games over .500.
Settling down after a shaky start, Hughes (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking two.
Indians 6, Tigers 5, 11 innings
CLEVELAND (AP) - Casey Blake homered with one out in the 11th inning to give the Indians a come-from-behind win over the Tigers, who slid 5 1/2 games back in the AL Central.
Blake turned on a 1-2 pitch from Zach Miner (3-4) and drove it into the left-field bleachers for his second game-ending homer in four days, a shot that lowered the Indians' magic number to seven and inched them closer to their first postseason appearance since 2001.
The Indians trailed 5-2 in the eighth before rallying to take the opener of a three-game series that could decide the division.
Rafael Betancourt (5-1) struck out four in two scoreless innings for the win.
Jhonny Peralta homered twice for the Indians, who were in danger of seeing their lead slip further before rallying off Joel Zumaya.
Mariners 4, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer and Miguel Batista outpitched All-Star Dan Haren to end a five-start winless stretch as the Mariners beat the Athletics.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in Seattle's first run and had the first hit off Haren (14-8), who was trying for the fifth time to notch his 15th victory.
Ryan Rowland-Smith got five outs and Brandon Morrow finished the seven-hitter for Seattle's 11th shutout of the season. It marked the ninth time the A's were blanked.
Batista (14-11) struck out six in 6 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four. He had been 0-3 since his last victory, Aug. 17 against the Chicago White Sox.
Jack Cust's leadoff double in the fourth was the lone extra-base hit against Batista.
Haren didn't allow a hit until Betancourt's two-out single in the third Haren gave up four runs - three earned - and 10 hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one.
Twins 5, Rangers 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ian Kinsler misplayed Jason Bartlett's popup with two outs in the ninth inning, allowing Lew Ford to score the winning run as the Twins rallied to beat the Rangers.
Michael Cuddyer opened the inning by driving a 2-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit (7-4) into the left field seats to tie the game. Ford then walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Buscher. After Nick Punto struck out, Bartlett hit a popup behind second base that hit the glove of the backpedaling Kinsler.
The Twins trailed 3-2 in the eighth when Bartlett singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Torii Hunter. But Travis Metcalf helped Texas regain the lead when he hit a solo homer off closer Joe Nathan (3-3) to make it 4-3.
Joe Mauer homered for the Twins, who ended a four-game losing streak but were eliminated from playoff contention after the wild card-leading Yankees beat Baltimore.
White Sox 11, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jermaine Dye, Danny Richar and Josh Fields homered in an 11-run fifth inning as the White Sox rallied to beat the Royals.
It was Chicago's biggest inning since an 11-run third at St. Louis on June 20, 2006. It was the most runs in an inning off the Royals since an 11-run first at Cleveland on Aug. 13, 2006.
Kansas City led 2-0 before Kyle Davies (2-6) gave up Richar's leadoff homer, Fields' two-run double and Dye's three-run homer, which put Chicago ahead 6-2.
Brandon Duckworth allowed Juan Uribe's RBI double, Richar's run-scoring triple, Alex Cintron's sacrifice fly and Fields' two-run homer.
White Sox right-hander Javier Vazquez (13-8) worked eight innings and struck out a season-high 13, while allowing two runs and five hits without a walk.
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