St. Petersburg, Fla. The Minnesota Twins let one slip away, and manager Tom kelly took the blame.
Paul Wilson pitched six scoreless innings and Chris Gomez hit a rare Tampa Bay homer as the Devil Rays beat the Twins, 4-2, Friday night.
The Twins, who remained tied with Cleveland for the AL Central lead, are 9-19 since the All-Star break. Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 6-4 win over the Indians.
"The manager on this side of the field managed just a terrible game," Kelly said. "He didn't have his players ready to play, a number of bad decisions on who played, bad decisions during the course of the game. Just awful."
Tampa Bay, with the majors' worst-record at 39-77, has won eight of its last 15 games against first-place teams.
Wilson (5-7) retired the first 10 batters before Denny Hocking singled in the fourth inning.
Wilson allowed four singles, struck out seven and walked one. The strong outing came one day after the Devil Rays blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning and lost 4-3 to the New York Yankees Thursday night.
Gomez went 3-for-3, including a solo homer in the sixth inning, with two RBIs. His homer was just the second by Tampa Bay in the past 12 games.
Tampa Bay reliever Doug Creek struck out four in two innings before Victor Zambrano got the final three outs.
The Devil Rays were one out away from a combined shutout when David Ortiz homered in the ninth. Chad Allen added an RBI double.
Minnesota starter Joe Mays (12-10) has dropped five of six decisions since appearing in last month's All-Star Game.
Rangers 7, Indians 2
Arlington, Texas Doug Davis allowed six hits over eight innings and Gabe Kapler homered as Texas beat Cleveland.
Davis (6-8) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the second inning without allowing a run, and went on to his first win since July 20. He struck out three and walked two. Kapler went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Rangers took the lead with a four-run third off Steve Woodard (1-2) aided by Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar's throwing error.
Kapler doubled to lead off the third, and scored on Mike Lamb's double. Chad Curtis singled, with Lamb holding at third. Frank Catalanotto's double drove in one run, then Curtis and Catalanotto both scored when Alomar's relay throw to third went into the photographer's area.
Davis took a 4-0 lead into the seventh before the Indians rallied for two runs with the help of a Rangers error.
Athletics 8, Yankees 1
Oakland, Calif. Jason Giambi and Jermaine Dye hit three-run homers and Cory Lidle (7-5) pitched Oakland to its ninth straight victory. Oakland's 31st victory in 41 games increased its lead to one game over idle Boston in the AL wild card race.
Lidle (7-5) scattered four hits over eight innings. He struck out four and walked two. Lidle had not allowed an earned run in 18 innings before Paul O'Neill's leadoff homer in the eighth. New York pitchers walked a season-high 11.
Angels 8, Blue Jays 7
Anaheim, Calif. Scott Schoeneweis took an eight-run lead into the eighth inning before Toronto stormed back, and surging Anaheim held off the Blue Jays. Troy Glaus homered and drove in two runs as the Angels won for the 23rd time in their last 33 games. Anaheim remains five games behind Oakland, which beat New York, in the wild-card race.
Toronto scored three in the eighth and four more in the ninth, leaving runners on first and third to end the game.
White Sox 8, Mariners 6
Seattle Mariners relief ace Kazuhiro Sasaki blew another save, giving five runs in the ninth inning as Chicago rallied past Seattle.