Minneapolis It took nearly a month, but Rick Reed may have finally settled into his Twins uniform.
Reed allowed one run in seven innings for his best start with Minnesota, leading the slumping Twins to a 6-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night.
"The only thing for me is I needed to go out there and relax and have some fun," Reed said. "Hopefully we can build on it."
Brian Buchanan and Torii Hunter each homered for the Twins, who had lost three straight and 11 of 12. Minnesota is a major league worst 11-29 since the All-Star break.
"Rick really settled down and pitched a great game for us," Buchanan said. "That's what he's capable of."
Reed (2-2), acquired from the Mets on July 30 for Matt Lawton to help stop the slide, allowed four hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter to lower his ERA with Minnesota from 7.45 to 5.81.
He improved to 3-0 against Toronto this season (1-0 with New York) with a 2.25 ERA statistics that had the right-hander knocking on wood around his new locker.
"I don't want to jinx anything, but that's what I've been doing all year," Reed said.
Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 25th homer for Toronto and Esteban Loaiza (9-10) lost for the first time since July 2. Loaiza allowed six runs and nine hits, while walking two and striking out four.
"They came swinging the bats early," Loaiza said.
"You can't give Minnesota five in the first inning and expect to come back," added Toronto manager Buck Martinez.
Cruz homered to lead off the game. But, the Twins came right back in the bottom of the inning with some aggressive baserunning and a little power.
Mariners 16, Tigers 1
Seattle Bret Boone homered, tripled and doubled as Seattle scored 13 runs in the first three innings and routed Detroit for a team record-tying 91st victory. At 91-36, the runaway AL West leaders matched the club mark for wins set last season.
David Bell went 5-for-5, John Olerud hit a pair of two-run homers and Edgar Martinez drove in five runs in the Mariners' highest-scoring and most-lopsided win of the year.
Ichiro Suzuki added three of Seattle's season-high 20 hits.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2
Anaheim, Calif. Bengie Molina went 4-for-4 with a home run as Anaheim beat Boston. Molina matched his career high in hits when he hit a solo homer, his fourth, in the eighth inning off Rod Beck. Darin Erstad singled in the tying run and Garret Anderson's RBI single provided the go-ahead run as the Angels rallied in the seventh.
Rangers 8, Yankees 1
Arlington, Texas Darren Oliver (10-8) outpitched Mike Mussina (12-11) as Texas beat the AL East leaders for the fourth time in six meetings this year. Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth, when Mussina walked two and threw a pair of wild pitches. In his other five innings, Mussina allowed just two hits and one walk.
Devil Rays 11, Orioles 10
St. Petersburg, Fla. Jason Tyner hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay overcame a late five-run deficit to beat Baltimore. Jared Sandberg singled with two outs off Willis Roberts (7-9) and went to third on Chris Gomez's single. Tyner then greeted B.J. Ryan with his fourth hit all in the last four innings.