Boston Kyle Snyder allowed two hits in seven innings, and Mike Lowell homered for the second straight game to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Snyder (4-3) struck out a career-high eight batters, allowed just two runners past first base and retired the last nine batters he faced before being replaced by Keith Foulke.
The Red Sox claimed Snyder off waivers from Kansas City on June 16. He had been winless since July 31, when he gained the victory over Cleveland in relief of David Wells. Boston lost his last two starts, at Los Angeles on Aug. 22 and at Seattle Sunday, although he was not involved in the decision against the Angels.
Snyder's previous career high for strikeouts was six, accomplished four times. The last time was on July 31 against the Indians.
Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon ran into trouble in the ninth, leaving with runners at second and third and one out after injuring himself. He shook his right hand after throwing a pitch that Lyle Overbay fouled off and was replaced by lefty Craig Breslow, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Friday.
Breslow struck out Overbay before being replaced by Mike Timlin, who allowed an RBI infield single to Alex Rios that put the tying run at third. Bengie Molina grounded out to short for the final out, giving Timlin his third save in nine chances. Boston has won two straight after a six-game losing streak.
Yankees 8, Twins 1
New York - Alex Rodriguez earned a curtain call at Yankee Stadium for the second straight game. A day after breaking out of his slump, Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three runs.
Rodriguez homered in the second inning off Carlos Silva (8-13) to put the Yankees ahead, had a bases-loaded single in the four-run fifth, then hit his 29th homer off the season in the seventh against Matt Guerrier. It was just the third multihomer game of the year for A-Rod, the first since July 2.
Athletics 5, Orioles 4
Oakland, Calif. - Frank Thomas' two-run homer in the seventh inning helped Oakland beat Baltimore and give the Athletics their 10th straight home victory.
Tigers 9, Angels 0
Detroit - Kenny Rogers and two relievers combined on a five-hitter to help Detroit beat Los Angeles. Omar Infante also drove in two runs for A.L. Central-leading Detroit, which had only won two of its previous eight games. It was also the Tigers' major-league-leading 15th shutout of the season.
Rogers (15-6) allowed four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out one in winning his fourth straight start.
Indians 7, Rangers 2
Arlington, Texas - Grady Sizemore went 3-for-3 with a homer, and Jake Westbrook pitched seven strong innings to help Cleveland beat Texas.
Devil Rays 2, Mariners 1
St. Petersburg, Fla. - Pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton's game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning gave Tampa Bay a victory over Seattle.