Mays too tough for White Sox
Minneapolis No one is quite sure why Minnesota pitcher Joe Mays turns into an star every time he faces the White Sox.
Mays allowed five hits in eight innings and Chad Allen had three hits and three RBIs Thursday as the Twins stopped Chicago's five-game winning streak, 5-1.
Mays (5-11) is 4-0 against the White Sox in his two-year career, 7-22 against all other teams. He used four pitches effectively, worked ahead of hitters and kept the ball down, striking out six in his second win over Chicago this season. He allowed his only run on Jose Valentin's homer in the eighth.
"Mays was simply outstanding against a very good lineup," said Twins coach Ron Gardenhire, who is managing the team while Tom Kelly is with his sick father.
Mays, who won for just the second time in his last seven starts, said maybe the White Sox just got unlucky.
"It's just one of those thing where they always seem to catch me when I've got things figured out right," he said.
Paul Konerko had two hits for Chicago, which lost for just the 12th time in 41 games.
"It's like every time we face him, we're due for a loss," Konerko said. "For some reason, we haven't done it against him."
David Ortiz was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for the Twins, giving him hits in eight straight plate appearances, one short of the team record shared by Todd Walker (1998), Mickey Hatcher (1985) and Tony Oliva (1967).
Ortiz walked in the eighth and has reached base nine straight times, two short of the team record shared by Walker (1998), Chuck Knoblauch (1996) and Rod Carew (1967).
"David Ortiz is doing fine," Gardenhire said. "He's getting his hits. Some of them aren't pretty, but he's having a good time."
Tigers 5, Yankees 3
New York Juan Encarnacion had three RBIs, including a two-run single to cap a four-run sixth inning off Andy Pettitte, as Detroit rallied to beat New York. Willie Blair (6-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings to win for the third time in four decisions against New York. Deivi Cruz went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Athletics 5, Mariners 4
Oakland, Calif. Aaron Sele took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but wound up losing as Miguel Tejada hit a two-run double to lead Oakland over Seattle. Sele (11-5) led 1-0 when he walked Ben Grieve with one out in the seventh. Matt Stairs followed with Oakland's first hit, a soft liner that fell in front of right fielder Jay Buhner.
Blue Jays 6, Devil Rays 5
Toronto Carlos Delgado homered twice to tie Gary Sheffield for the major league lead at 32, and Tony Batista hit a go-ahead home run as Toronto defeated Tampa Bay.
Red Sox 11-4, Orioles 7-9
Baltimore Mark Lewis doubled in three runs in a four-run third inning and Will Clark and Mike Bordick homered as Baltimore beat Boston for a split of a day-night doubleheader. Boston won the first game 11-7 behind a 17-hit attack that included homers by Carl Everett and Jason Varitek. Nomar Garciaparra went 3-for-5 in the first game to raise his batting average to .403, but an 0-for-5 performance in the nightcap dropped him to .396.