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Lilly now 5-0 for Blue Jays

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Blue Jays' Chris Gomez connects on an RBI single in the first inning in a game against the Devil Rays.

Blue Jays’ Chris Gomez connects on an RBI single in the first inning in a game against the Devil Rays.

Scott Martin, Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ted Lilly won his fifth straight road decision and Eric Hinske stole home, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Lilly (7-4) didn't allow a run over six-plus innings in improving to 5-0 over his last seven starts away from SkyDome. He gave up three hits, four walks and struck out three.

Vinnie Chulk pitched two hitless innings, and Jason Frasor struck out the side in the ninth to complete the three-hitter.

Hinske stole home on the front end of a double steal during a two-run first as the Blue Jays sent the Devil Rays to their third loss in 19 games. The Devil Rays had scored 29 runs in their previous two games against Toronto.

The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the first. Chris Gomez hit an RBI single before Hinske stole home.

It was the first time a Toronto player stole home since Raul Mondesi accomplished the feat on April 17, 2001, against the New York Yankees. Josh Phelps made it 3-0 on his fifth-inning solo homer, and Dave Berg gave Toronto a four-run lead with a run-scoring single in the eighth.

Lilly didn't allow a hit until Hall singled with one out in the fifth.

It was also the fifth when the Devil Rays got their first runner in scoring position. Lilly worked out of a jam with one out and runners on first and second, by retiring Sanchez on a fly ball and inducing a grounder from Carl Crawford.

Tampa Bay also threatened in the sixth, but Julio Lugo flew out with runners on the corners and two outs.

Lilly was replaced by Chulk with no outs in the seventh after Tino Martinez was hit a pitch and Hall singled.

WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 2: At Minneapolis, Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to beat Minnesota once again, leading Chicago into first place in the AL Central.

Buehrle (8-2) gave up eight hits and two runs while improving to 13-4 against the Twins in 18 career starts.

Jose Valentin hit a solo home run and Juan Uribe added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who beat Carlos Silva (8-5).

Corey Koskie homered for the Twins.

TIGERS 9, INDIANS 7, 11 INNINGS: At Detroit, Dmitri Young's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave Detroit its season-high fifth straight victory.

It was the Tigers' third straight game-ending home run. Eric Munson's solo shot in the ninth beat Arizona on Saturday, and Carlos Pena's grand slam in the ninth led the Tigers past the Diamondbacks the next day.

Craig Dingman (2-1) pitched a perfect 11th, beating Jose Jimenez (1-7).

ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Desi Relaford hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning, and Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak.

Rookie Mike Wood (1-0) earned his first victory since coming over in the three-team trade last Thursday that sent Carlos Beltran to Houston. Shawn Camp pitched the ninth for his first major league save.

Sidney Ponson (3-11) took his eighth straight loss.

ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 4: At Oakland, Calif, Bobby Crosby hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh to help Mark Mulder win his eighth straight decision.

Crosby, a rookie batting .327 with seven homers and 20 RBIs over his last 44 games, singled to the corner in left against Francisco Rodriguez to save Mulder (10-2), whose current win streak is a career-best.

MARINERS 4, RANGERS 3: At Seattle, Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Joel Pineiro won his third straight decision.

The last-place Mariners broke a seven-game losing streak against the Rangers, who lost for only second time in 11 games. Both defeats have been by one run.