Lofton's streak ends at 18
Cleveland Dave Burba wanted his first AL shutout Monday, but was happy to settle for a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays that enabled Cleveland to maintain its wild card lead.
"I planned on going to the ninth with a chance for a shutout," Burba (13-6) said after pitching 72/3 innings as the Indians won for the 13th time in 16 games.
Kenny Lofton's record run-scoring streak came to an end, but the Indians remained two games ahead of Boston and Oakland in the AL wild card race.
Lofton failed to score for the first time in 19 games. Lofton went 1-for-5 and remained tied with Red Rolfe of the 1939 New York Yankees for the major league record for scoring in 18 consecutive games.
Burba (13-6) allowed one run and seven hits three to rookie Steve Cox. The right-hander struck out four and walked two to bail out a beleaguered bullpen. Cleveland used eight pitchers Sunday in a 12-11 win over Baltimore in 13 innings.
"That was big because we had to rest those guys out there," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm sure he wanted to keep going, but he did his job."
Burba did not quibble with the decision to bring in Paul Shuey, who pitched 11/3 hitless innings.
"Naturally I wanted to keep going, but I'll take one run over seven and something innings every time," Burba said. "The big thing is winning and getting to the playoffs. That's all any of us in the clubhouse is concerned with, believe me."
Rangers 5, White Sox 4
Chicago Gabe Kapler hit a solo homer and Ricky Ledee hit a tiebreaking single to snap Chicago's five-game winning streak. Texas has consecutive victories games for the first time since a four-game winning streak July 25-28. Rookie Doug Davis (6-5) gave two runs, eight hits and two walks in six innings, and John Wetteland pitched.
Red Sox 5, Mariners 1
Boston Pedro Martinez (16-4) struck out 11 in eight innings, allowing one run and six hits, and Derek Lowe finished with a one-hit ninth. Nomar Garciaparra snapped a 15-game RBI slump, and Jose Offerman hit a three-run triple.
Athletics 10, Blue Jays 0
Tornoto Mike Stanley went 5-for-5 with five RBIs, and Oakland scored seven runs in the first two innings. Wells (19-6) had pitched 19 scoreless innings before Oakland scored five runs in the first.
Orioles 3, Twins 2
Minneapolis Jose Mercedes (11-5) won for the eighth time in nine decisions since the All-Star break, allowing one run and seven hits in 62/3 innings.
Tigers 5, Angels 0
Detroit Hideo Nomo (6-11) pitched eight scoreless innings as Detroit dropped Anaheim below .500.