All of a sudden, Toronto is back in the AL wild-card race. With a four-game sweep of Boston, the Blue Jays are just five games behind the Red Sox.
"We don't have many games to go, and we're still quite a ways out of it, so we're not even thinking about it," Craig Grebeck said Sunday after his tiebreaking triple in the eighth gave Toronto an 8-7 victory.Jose Canseco homered for the third consecutive game, reaching 40 homers for the third time in his career and the first time since 1991. It also gave him 1,200 career RBIs.
Toronto has won 10 straight for the first time since 1987.
Boston, which does not play the Blue Jays again this season, lost for the eighth time in 11 games. The Red Sox headed home after the game for a homestand that starts tonight against the New York Yankees.
At SkyDome, Benito Santiago, who had his first plate appearances for Toronto since an automobile accident Jan. 4, was 1-for-2 with a bases-loaded walk. He was activated Friday.
ANGELS 3, ROYALS 0: At Anaheim, Chuck Finley (11-7) won for only the fourth time in his past 17 starts, striking out 10 and holding Kansas City to three hits in eight innings. Anaheim opened a 31/2-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
TWINS 6, RANGERS 5: At Arlington, Texas' bullpen blew a two-run lead in the eighth for the second straight night. Rangers relievers have lost their past four decisions and seven of their past eight.
Todd Walker hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the eighth and second baseman Denny Hocking threw out the potential tying run in the bottom of the ninth.
ORIOLES 5, MARINERS 2: Mike Mussina (13-8) allowed four hits in eight innings and Eric Davis, Mike Bordick and Roberto Alomar homered for visiting Baltimore. Arthur Rhodes pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Ken Griffey Jr., leading the AL with 48 homers, went 0-for-4.
WHITE SOX 6, YANKEES 5: Hideki Irabu (11-8) lost for the fifth time in seven starts, allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The visiting Yankees, who with their 100th win Friday set an AL record for fewest games to reach the century mark, have lost 10 of 18 and need to finish 17-5 or better to break the 1906 Chicago Cubs' record for wins in a season.
TIGERS 3, INDIANS 2: Damion Easley drove in the go-ahead run at Tiger Stadium as Detroit overcame a career-high 10 strikeouts from Jaret Wright (11-9) and avoided a four-game sweep.
Detroit, 2-4 since Larry Parrish replaced manager Buddy Bell on Tuesday, won for just the seventh time in 34 games.
ATHLETICS 9, DEVIL RAYS 2: Jason Giambi and Ed Sprague homered and Oakland turned three errors by visiting Tampa Bay into five unearned runs. Shortstops Aaron Ledesma and Dave Silvestri made costly errors.