TORONTO – Gregg Zaun homered and drove in four runs, and Toronto tied a franchise record with an 11-run sixth inning in completing a three-game sweep.
Toronto has won a season-high five straight while Minnesota has lost four in a row, matching a season worst.
Zaun singled and scored in the fifth, then added an RBI double and a three-run homer in the sixth. He finished 3-for-4 and came within a triple of the cycle.
Jesse Litsch (3-4) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings. Toronto starters are 5-0 with a 1.25 ERA in the past five games.
John McDonald followed Zaun’s double in the sixth with a two-run triple that chased Carlos Silva (8-11). The Blue Jays sent 14 men to the plate in the inning.
Silva allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Angels 7, Athletics 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Maicer Izturis’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Los Angeles the win after Francisco Rodriguez blew a three-run lead in the top half of the inning.
Rodriguez (4-2) took the ball with a 6-3 lead and failed to preserve the win for John Lackey, his third blown save in 28 chances.
Casey Kotchman singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth, advanced on a grounder and a passed ball and scored on Izturis’ hit off Joe Kennedy (3-9), who fell to 1-10 lifetime against the Angels. His only win against them came on Monday night, when he pitched two scoreless innings.
After Mike Piazza’s homer put Oakland up 3-2, the Angels scored three runs in the fifth.
Orioles 6, Devil Rays 1
BALTIMORE – Erik Bedard allowed one run in six innings to earn his sixth straight victory, and the Devil Rays had their losing streak extended to five games.
Bedard (10-4) struck out eight to increase his AL-leading total to 175. He gave up six hits, walked two and lowered his ERA to 3.05, fifth-best in the league. Bedard has won four straight starts, allowing only two earned runs in 29 innings, and is 6-0 in seven outings since June 15.
Corey Patterson went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for the Orioles.
Raul Casanova homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost 22 of 27. Tampa Bay has lost eight straight in Baltimore.
Andy Sonnanstine (1-6) yielded five runs and seven hits in six innings. He has lost six straight decisions since earning his first major league win on June 10.