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Jays’ Tower mows down the Orioles

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Toronto's Josh Towers delivers a pitch against the Orioles during Friday night's AL action in Canada.

Toronto’s Josh Towers delivers a pitch against the Orioles during Friday night’s AL action in Canada.

Aaron Harris, Associated Press

TORONTO — Josh Towers struck out a career-high nine against his former team, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

Towers (6-1) allowed two runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings and walked none, improving to 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in five starts. After striking out the side in the seventh, Towers pumped a fist.

The 26-year-old right-hander came up with Baltimore in 2001 and had some success early before finishing that season 8-10. He went 0-3 with a 7.90 ERA in five appearances last year before his demotion to the minor leagues.

Aquilino Lopez got two outs for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Tony Batista and Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles, who have lost three straight. Eric DuBose (2-5) allowed eight hits in his first career complete game.

TIGERS 3, ROYALS 0: At Detroit, Mike Maroth won for the first time since Aug. 2, and Detroit beat Kansas City for the Tigers' fifth shutout this season. Warren Morris drove in two runs and scored another for the Tigers, who stopped a six-game losing streak. Kansas City, struggling to stay in the AL Central race, lost for the ninth time in 13 games. The Royals began the night 3 1/2 games back of Chicago and Minnesota, who shared the division lead.

Maroth (7-20) had been 0-5 in six starts since beating Minnesota in his first start of August. On Sept. 5, he became the first 20-game loser in the major leagues since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980.

RED SOX 7, WHITE SOX 4: At Boston, Johnny Damon drew three of Boston's 12 walks, including two with the bases loaded, and Boston beat Chicago despite getting just five hits. Jeff Suppan (2-2) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two in six innings. Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 13th save. Dan Wright (1-6) lasted just one-plus inning for Chicago, giving up four runs — three earned — on two hits and five walks.

Boston returned from a 7-2 road trip with a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL wild-card race over the Mariners. The Red Sox, who trail the AL East-leading Yankees by four games, have 15 games left in the season. After the three-game series against Chicago, they do not play another team with a winning record.

INDIANS 4, TWINS 3: At Cleveland, C.C. Sabathia, pitching with more on his mind than baseball, matched his win total of last season, and Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer to lead Cleveland over Minnesota. Sabathia (13-8) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 in innings. The left-hander took the mound while his wife, Amber, awaited the birth of the couple's first child. She was due on Wednesday.

YANKEES 10, DEVIL RAYS 4: At New York, Jason Giambi emerged from his slump with four hits and a homer, and Aaron Boone hit a three-run shot as the Yankees won their sixth straight, 10-4 over Tampa Bay. Boone drove in four runs and had his first three-hit game since July 27, when he was with Cincinnati. Juan Rivera had two run-scoring doubles, and Nick Johnson added three hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who had 17 hits.

David Wells (14-6) pitched seven innings for his 199th win and improved to 8-1 career against the Devil Rays.

New York has won its first five in a stretch of 15 games against losing teams.

ATHLETICS 9, RANGERS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Erubiel Durazo's go-ahead two-run single keyed a five-run seventh inning as Oakland rallied from three runs down for a 9-3 victory over Texas. Rangers starter Ryan Drese took a 3-1 lead into the seventh and Texas seemed on the verge of finally beating Barry Zito. Drese (2-3) allowed four runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

MARINERS 7, ANGELS 4: At Seattle, Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki hit solo homers, and Jamie Moyer got his 18th win as Seattle beat Anaheim. Martinez led off the second with his 24th homer, and Suzuki started the fifth with his 13th as the Mariners built a 6-1 lead. Martinez fouled a ball off the broken big toe on his left foot in the fifth, but completed the at-bat, hitting a sacrifice fly that gave Seattle a 6-1 lead.