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Blue Jays starter Josh Towers pitches against the Tigers in the third inning of Toronto's win Thursday.

Blue Jays starter Josh Towers pitches against the Tigers in the third inning of Toronto’s win Thursday.

Duane Burleson, Associated Press

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers lost their 114th game, the fifth-highest total in major league history, falling to the Blue Jays 10-6 Thursday night as Mike Maroth became the first pitcher in 29 years to lose 21 games.

Detroit (38-114), which has lost six straight, was swept in a series for the 20th time this season. The Tigers must at least split their remaining 10 games to avoid tying the post-1900 record of 120, set by the 1962 Mets.

Maroth (7-21) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is the first 21-game loser since 1974, when Mickey Lolich lost 21, and Bill Bonham, Randy Jones and Steve Rogers lost 22.

Josh Towers (7-1) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one. Dan Reichert and Cliff Politte finished the six-hitter.

RED SOX 4, DEVIL RAYS 3: At Boston, Manny Ramirez hit his 35th homer and Tim Wakefield (11-7) allowed three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings as Boston increased its AL wild-card lead to 2 1/2 games over Seattle.

Byung-Hyun Kim allowed a run-scoring groundout to Carl Crawford in the ninth, then retired Rocco Baldelli for his 14th save.

Rob Bell (4-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings.

RANGERS 2, MARINERS 1: At Arlington, Texas, Laynce Nix blooped an RBI single in the 10th off Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2-3) after a leadoff double by Alex Rodriguez, sending the Mariners to their fourth loss in five games.

Francisco Cordero (5-7) struck out four in two innings.

YANKEES 1, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, a steady rain and the imminent arrival of winds up to 35 mph caused the game to be stopped with the score 1-1 after five innings. Umpires called it after a 44-minute wait.

The individual statistics will count, and the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in New York on Sept. 26 or 27.

New York, closing in on its sixth straight AL East title, leads second-place Boston by five games with 10 games to go.

Jason Giambi hit an RBI double in the third, but Luis Matos had a run-scoring single in the bottom half off Mike Mussina, who was trying for his 200th win.

ROYALS 3, INDIANS 2: At Cleveland, Jose Lima (8-1), who had been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a right groin strain, allowed two runs and six hits in five innings for his first win since July 27.

Kansas City began Thursday 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota, the AL Central leader. Curtis Leskanic pitched the ninth for his second save.

C.C. Sabathia (13-9) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 3: At Minneapolis, Jacque Jones hit a pair of two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, helping Minnesota complete a pivotal three-game sweep of Chicago.

The defending AL Central champions lead the White Sox by 3 1/2 games and Kansas City by 4 1/2. Minnesota has nine games left — seven against the worst team in the majors, Detroit.

Chicago plays the Royals seven times and the Yankees three.

After losing two straight in Chicago last week and falling two games back in the division race, the Twins have won five in a row against the White Sox in a span of eight days.

Minnesota has won six straight overall and eight of nine.