ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price pitched six strong innings to become the AL's first six-game winner as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday.
The AL East leaders improved baseball's top record to 28-11 heading into a two-game series at Yankee Stadium. New York began the day with the second-best mark in the majors.
Longoria, who has 21 RBIs in his past 19 games, had a run-scoring double off David Huff (1-6) in the third and a two-run triple off Hector Ambriz that was the biggest blow in a four-run sixth.
Price (6-1) won his fourth straight decision. The 24-year-old left-hander held the Indians to an unearned run and four hits before turning over a 5-1 lead to the bullpen.
Cleveland shortstop Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a walk and also scored a run in his major-league debut.
BLUE JAYS 11, TWINS 2: At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion came off the disabled list and hit one of Toronto's four home runs, and the Blue Jays backed Shaun Marcum in a romp over the Minnesota Twins.
Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay also connected. The Blue Jays lead the majors with 65 home runs this season.
Marcum (3-1) won his third straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.
Carl Pavano (4-4) was pounded for six runs and 10 hits in four innings. He has a 6.21 ERA in 10 career games against Toronto.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 2: At Detroit, Juan Pierre's two-run double and run-saving catch in the fourth inning helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers.
Freddy Garcia (3-2) gave up two runs over six innings, going five starts without a loss for the first time since the end of the 2006 season.
RANGERS 8, ANGELS 7: At Arlington, Texas, Michael Young had three hits and three RBIs, including a tiebreaking single that sent AL West-leading Texas to a two-game sweep of Los Angeles in their first matchup this season.
Elvis Andrus doubled in the sixth inning off Trevor Bell (1-1) for his third hit and scored on Young's bloop to right.
ORIOLES 4, ROYALS 3 (10): At Baltimore, Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Orioles a comeback win over the Royals and split of the two-game series.
Luke Scott hit two solo home runs and Corey Patterson also connected for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Baltimore trailed 3-0 in the fifth inning and 3-2 in the eighth.
RED SOX 7, YANKEES 6: At New York, Jeremy Hermida hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and Boston took advantage of two late errors to rally from five runs down and beat New York.
New York played the game under protest after beleaguered Boston ace Josh Beckett left with back tightness following Robinson Cano's two-run double in the fifth that made it 5-0.
The Yankees claimed there was no indication of an injury to Beckett to that point, but reliever Manny Delcarmen was given all the time he needed to warm up after the right-hander was removed.
ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 5 (10): At Oakland, Kurt Suzuki drove in Cliff Pennington in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Oakland the victory over Seattle.
Ryan Sweeney went 4-for-5 to lead the Athletics.