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Rays shining through

Tampa Bay beams to 12th straight win

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays extended their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games last night, beating the Blue Jays, 5-1, at Toronto, behind homers by Julio Lugo and Carl Crawford.

Devil Rays starter Chad Gaudin was lifted after walking four in the first inning, but four relievers went the rest of the way for a three-hitter.

The Devil Rays (33-34) started the season 3-19, but they're a major league-best 23-6 in their last 29 games. Tampa Bay has the longest winning streak in the majors since Arizona won 12 straight June 18-30 last season.

Toronto starter Pat Hentgen (2-7) lost his fifth straight decision.

Yankees 10, Orioles 4 -- Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and drove in five runs as New York sent host Baltimore to its eighth loss in nine games. Mike Mussina (8-4) overcame a rocky start to win his seventh straight decision. In his first game since leaving a June 11 outing with a groin injury, he lasted just five innings.

Rodriguez had his 35th multihomer game. He hit a three-run shot off Matt Riley in the first inning and a two-run drive against Rodrigo Lopez in the seventh to help the Yankees -- who received 13 walks -- improve to 7-0 against Baltimore this season.

White Sox 11, Indians 9 -- Jose Valentin hit a game-ending, two-run homer and drove in five runs and Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer to boost Chicago, which nearly squandered an eight-run lead after four innings. Jose Jimenez (1-5) hit Thomas to lead off the 10th inning and one out later, Valentin homered to right.

Chicago reliever Shingo Takatsu (4-0) pitched the last two innings and retired the first five batters he faced. Ronnie Belliard singled in the 10th to end Takatsu's streak of batters retired at 29.

Angels 6, Athletics 1 -- Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the eighth inning, five of his teammates drove in runs against Tim Hudson (7-3), and host Anaheim won its fifth straight against Oakland. The Athletics, out of first place for the first time since June 8, have lost seven of eight following an eight-game winning streak.

Colon (5-6) allowed a run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six with no walks. He lost his shutout bid on his 116th and final pitch, when Eric Byrnes singled home Bobby Crosby with two outs in the eighth.

Royals 8, Tigers 1 -- Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Mike Sweeney added a three-run homer for host Kansas City, which sent Detroit to its fourth straight loss. Beltran hit his 14th homer following Tony Graffanino's single off Mike Maroth (5-5). Sweeney added his 150th career homer in the eighth against Ugueth Urbina.

Rangers 10, Mariners 2 -- Ryan Drese pitched eight innings and Rod Barajas homered in his third straight game as host Texas won its fourth straight. Drese (4-4) allowed four hits while matching his longest outing in 51 career starts. He struck out three and walked two.