Boston Playing against the National League put David Ortiz in postseason form.
The Red Sox slugger beat the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings for the second consecutive game, singling home the winning run in the 12th for an 8-7 victory Monday and extending Boston's winning streak to nine games.
It was the 10th regular-season, game-ending hit of Ortiz's career and the third in Boston's last eight home games. He also had three in the 2004 postseason en route to Boston's first World Series title in 86 years.
"He's unbelievable. You just know he's coming through," said outfielder Coco Crisp, who also saw Ortiz hit a 10th-inning homer Saturday. "You're just waiting for the opportunity to jump over the little gate in the dugout and be the first to greet him."
Boston led 6-0 after six and 6-5 in the ninth before Chase Utley homered off the Pesky Pole in right to force extra innings. The Phillies took a 7-6 lead in the 12th on Jimmy Rollins' RBI double, but Crisp doubled and scored on Kevin Youkilis' single to make it 7-7.
Mark Loretta walked, then Ortiz lined a 1-2 pitch to left-center. Ortiz, who leads the AL with 68 RBIs, was mobbed by his teammates between first and second after Youkilis came around to score. Boston manager Terry Francona said it's what the team has come to expect.
"It's almost unfair," he said. "But you feel so confident in his ability to do those types of things."
Marlins 8, Devil Rays 5
Miami - Hanley Ramirez beat out an infield single to start a five-run fifth-inning rally, and Josh Johnson survived a rocky start to help Florida beat Tampa Bay.
Cody Ross had three hits and two RBIs, and Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs and Jeremy Hermida each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who are 22-9 since May 22 and moved within one game of Philadelphia for second place in the NL East.
Johnson (7-4) trailed 2-0 after only six pitches, but allowed just one more run over the rest of his 6 2â3 innings.
Yankees 5, Braves 2
New York - Jason Giambi homered twice and drove in five runs, Randy Johnson tossed seven shutout innings, and the Yankees beat Atlanta.
Johnson (9-6) allowed four hits, struck out a season-high nine and didn't walk a batter. He didn't allow a runner past first base until Edgar Renteria went to third on Chipper Jones' two-out single in the sixth.
The left-hander then struck out Andruw Jones to get out of the inning. Johnson recorded seven strikeouts in his last three innings. It was his first start against the Braves since he threw a perfect game for Arizona in a 2-0 win at Atlanta on May 18, 2004.
Tigers 10, Astros 4
Detroit - Ivan Rodriguez's two-run double highlighted Detroit's five-run third inning. Rodriguez homered off Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez (8-5) in the seventh.
Chris Shelton led off the Tigers' big inning with a single, and he tied the game at 1 when Brandon Inge doubled to the center-field wall. Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI single that got past Houston first baseman Mike Lamb.
Rodriguez then drove in Granderson and Placido Polanco, who had doubled. Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly by Magglio Ordonez that put the Tigers ahead 5-1.
Twins 8, Dodgers 2
Minneapolis - Joe Mauer had four hits and a career-best five RBIs to lead Minnesota past Los Angeles.
It was the Twins' fifth straight victory and 15th in their last 17 games.
Carlos Silva (4-8) survived a shaky start and lasted eight innings, maintaining Minnesota's momentum on the mound and beating rookie Chad Billingsley (0-1).
Indians 10, Cardinals 3
St. Louis - Cliff Lee worked six strong innings to keep his perfect interleague record intact, and Cleveland got two home runs from Travis Hafner.
Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the fifth for the Indians, who also got homers from Grady Sizemore and Todd Hollandsworth and won for only the fourth time in 13 games. The Cardinals have lost seven in a row for the first time since 2002.
Angels 5, Rockies 4
Anaheim, Calif. - Mike Napoli's two-run double highlighted a five-run eighth inning, and the Angels rallied.
John Lackey (5-5) allowed three runs and four hits over eight innings, striking out four and walking two.
The right-hander was 1-5 in his previous 10 starts despite a 3.41 earned-run average during that stretch.
Brewers 6, Cubs 0
Chicago - Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, and Chris Capuano won his fourth consecutive decision as the Brewers handed the Cubs their eighth straight home loss.
It is the Cubs' longest losing streak at Wrigley Field since dropping 12 in a row to start the 1994 season.