Texas is finding success on the road, while Toronto can't seem to win anywhere lately.
Dean Palmer drove in five runs to guarantee Texas its most successful road trip in 14 years as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 Saturday. Texas, 8-2 with one game remaining on the trip, hadn't won eight games on a single trip since September 1979. The Rangers have won 12 of 15 overall."These wins have come at a good time for us given that our last two road trips have been 2-7 and 2-8," Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy said. "This road trip is very encouraging and timely."
Toronto, which has led led the AL East since June 26, has lost four in a row and nine of 10.
"I've been real lucky with run support this year and today was no exception, but I let the team down when they finally got some offense," Blue Jays pitcher Pat Hentgen said.
Palmer's home run was his 20th, the second straight season he has reached that level.
"I feel I'm capable of doing more," Palmer said. "Now that my power numbers are there, I need to make some further adjustments to add some average."
Craig Lefferts (2-7) won for the first time since opening day, allowing two hits and two runs in 21/3 innings. Ex-Blue Jay Tom Henke pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Brewers 5, Twins 4
At Milwaukee, Greg Vaughn lined a bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth to drive in the winning run as the Milwaukee Brewers scored twice in the inning to beat the Minnesota Twins.
Minnesota set a single-season major-league record with its 84th straight game without a starter going the distance. The New York Yankees went 83 straight starts without a complete game in 1991 and then 10 more to start the next season.
Tigers 8, Royals 8
At Kansas City, Mo., Dan Gladden hit a grand slam and Tony Phillips had a two-run single, offsetting four Kansas City homers and powering Detroit to victory over the Royals.
Phillips' single off Bill Sampen (2-2) capped a three-run seventh inning and put the Tigers back on top 9-7 after Kansas City had scored five in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead.
Orioles 6, White Sox 0
At Baltimore, Fernando Valenzuela allowed two hits in eight innings, and Chris Hoiles homered for the fourth time in four games and 10th in 20.
Valenzuela (4-7) struck out three, walked four and extended his string of shutout innings to 23. He gave up a solid first-inning single to Joey Cora, then held the White Sox hitless until Craig Grebek singled with two outs in the eighth.
Red Sox 5, Athletics 0
At Oakland, Calif., rookie Aaron Sele pitched four-hit ball over five innings and reliever Greg Harris escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam by striking out the side.
Sele is 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA and has yet to give up more than one earned run in any of his four major-league starts.
Angels 4, Yankees 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Russ Springer got his first major-league victory by holding his former team in check for 51/3 innings as the California Angels downed New York, preventing the Yankees from moving into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Springer (1-3), making his fifth start and 24th appearance, allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five.
Mariners 7, Indians 6
At Seattle, Jay Buhner homered to center with one out in the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Buhner's 17th homer, a 425-foot blast, came off Jeremy Hernandez (1-2) after Cleveland came back to tie the score at 6-6 with three runs in the seventh. Chris Bosio (3-4), who worked the top of the ninth, got the victory.