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Detroit a loss away from record

Minnesota Twins' Michael Cuddyer, right, is congratulated at home plate after his game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning to beat Detroit.
Minnesota Twins' Michael Cuddyer, right, is congratulated at home plate after his game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning to beat Detroit.
Duane Burleson, Associated Press

DETROIT — Michael Cuddyer hit the first pitch of the 11th inning into the left-field seats, and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 5-4 Friday night, putting the Tigers one defeat from tying the modern-day record for losses.

If Detroit (41-119) loses Saturday or Sunday against the Twins, the Tigers will tie the post-1900 record of 120 losses set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Lew Ford's double gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead in the 10th, but the suddenly scrappy Tigers, who had won three straight, tied it in on Shane Halter's RBI single.

Eddie Guardado (3-5) blew a save in the 10th, but earned the win after Cuddyer's fourth homer off Franklyn German (2-4). LaTroy Hawkins pitched the 11th for his second save.

The Twins had won a season-high 11 in a row before losing to Detroit in 11 innings Thursday.

In the 10th, Justin Morneau drew a two-out walk against Chris Spurling and Ford followed with a drive to the fence in left-center to give Minnesota a 4-3 lead.

But the Tigers came right back and tied it as Dmitri Young hit a leadoff double, pinch-runner Andres Torres stole third and scored on Halter's single to left. Halter then stole second, but Guardado struck out Warren Morris to end the inning.

RED SOX 7, DEVIL RAYS 2: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Pedro Martinez threw three scoreless innings in his final playoff tuneup, and Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer as Boston beat Tampa Bay. With their 17th win 24 games, the Red Sox improved to 95-65 — the first time Boston has won that many since advancing to the World Series in 1986. The Devil Rays (61-99) have lost seven of eight and need to win their final two games to avoid a third consecutive 100-loss season.

INDIANS 2, BLUE JAYS 1: At Toronto, Jason Stanford pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league win as Cleveland beat Carlos Delgado and Toronto. Stanford (1-0) and the Indians kept Delgado in check, one night after the Toronto slugger tied a major league record by hitting four home runs against the Devil Rays. Delgado entered with a chance to become the first player to homer in five consecutive at-bats, but he struck out swinging in the first inning. He finished 0-for-4. Stanford, David Lee, Jack Cressend and David Riske combined on a six-hitter. Toronto's Bobby Kielty spoiled the shutout bid with a homer off Riske in the ninth.

YANKEES 11, ORIOLES 2; ORIOLES 3, YANKEES 2, 10 innings: At New York, Yankees rookie Jorge De Paula took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first major league start, but New York was denied its 100th win as Baltimore rallied for a 3-2 victory in 10 innings Friday night and a doubleheader split. Jorge Posada hit his 30th homer to tie Yogi Berra's club record for a catcher as the Yankees won the first game 11-2. A sweep would have allowed New York to clinch home-field advantage through the postseason, but New York's bullpen couldn't hold a 2-0 lead after De Paula left. Jerry Hairston tied the game with a two-run triple in the eighth, and rookie Robert Machado had a one-out single in the 10th off Chris Hammond (3-2) for the go-ahead run.

WHITE SOX 11, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Jose Valentin hit a grand slam, and Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also homered as Chicago routed Kansas City. Jon Garland (12-13) pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, allowing only Carlos Beltran's leadoff homer in the fourth. Beltran became the sixth player since 1900 to have 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in three seasons. Only Beltran, Barry Bonds and George Sisler have managed the feat in three straight seasons. Honus Wagner, Kiki Cuyler and Ty Cobb also did it. All are in the Hall of Fame except Bonds, who is a lock for induction when he retires.

Lee and Thomas hit solo shots off Darrell May (10-8) as the White Sox broke their club record of 217 home runs set last season.

ANGELS 5, RANGERS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Tim Salmon hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and Garret Anderson got his 200th hit of the season as Anaheim beat Texas.

Derrick Turnbow (2-0) pitched two perfect innings after relieving starter Aaron Sele, and Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his second save. Troy Percival is sidelined for the season-ending series because of tendinitis in his right forearm.

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 38th homer and the 528th of his career.

Ron Mahay (3-3) took the loss.

MARINERS 9, ATHLETICS 3: At Seattle, Joel Pineiro beat AL West champion Oakland for the fourth time this season and Mike Cameron homered for Seattle. Pineiro (16-11) improved his career record against the A's to 6-1, including 4-0 in 2003. The Mariners got three hits each from Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Winn. Cameron drove in three runs.

The A's had a four-game winning streak snapped. Oakland will face Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

Pineiro pitched six innings and allowed three runs — one earned — and six hits. Julio Mateo pitched three innings for his first major league save.

Michael Wood (2-1) lost in his first career start.