Bobby Crosby hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh, helping Mark Mulder win his eighth straight decision, as the A's beat the Anaheim Angels, 5-4, last night at Oakland, Calif. Crosby, a rookie batting .327 with seven homers and 20 RBIs over his last 44 games, singled to left against Francisco Rodriguez to save Mulder (10-2), whose current win streak is a career best.
Octavio Dotel pitched a perfect ninth for his first save in two opportunities with his new team.
Tigers 9, Indians 7 -- Dmitri Young's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave host Detroit its season-high fifth straight victory. It was Detroit's third straight game-ending home run. Eric Munson's solo shot in the ninth beat Arizona Saturday, and Carlos Pena's grand slam in the ninth tipped the Diamondbacks Sunday.
Craig Dingman (2-1) pitched a perfect 11th inning for the Tigers, who blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth.
Blue Jays 4, Devil Rays 0 -- Ted Lilly won his fifth straight road decision to lead visiting Toronto. Lilly (7-4) didn't allow a run over six innings-plus in improving to 5-0 over his last seven starts away from SkyDome. He gave up three hits, four walks, and struck out three. Eric Hinske stole home on the front end of a double steal during a two-run first as the Blue Jays sent the Devil Rays to their third loss in 19 games.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3 -- Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Joel Pineiro won his third straight decision, leading host Seattle. The Mariners broke a seven-game losing streak against the Rangers, who lost for only the second time in 11 games. Both defeats have been by one run.
White Sox 6, Twins 2 -- Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings, leading Chicago into first place in the AL Central. Bouncing back from two bad starts that bloated his ERA by nearly a run, Buehrle (8-2) gave up eight hits and two runs and improved to 13-4 against the Twins in 18 career starts.
Royals 4, Orioles 3 -- Desi Relaford hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth, and host Kansas City snapped a five-game losing skid. Rookie Mike Wood (1-0) earned his first victory since coming over in a three-team trade last Thursday that sent Royals star Carlos Beltran to Houston.