David Price became the American League's first nine-game winner, backed by three Tampa Bay home runs, and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-1, last night.
Dioner Navarro, Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena hit solo shots for the Rays, who have won the first two games of a three-game set to take their ninth consecutive series from Toronto. Sean Rodriguez had three hits and three RBI.
Price (9-2) allowed one run and four hits in six innings with five walks and four strikeouts. The lefthander has won all three of his starts this season against the Blue Jays, giving up three runs - one earned - over 23 innings.
Blue Jays righthander Shaun Marcum (5-3) lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs and 10 hits. He entered 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in six previous starts this season after a Toronto loss.
Navarro hit his first homer since Oct. 3 during a two-run fourth. Zobrist and Pena went deep on consecutive pitches from reliever Shawn Camp in the fifth.
Pena, with four home runs over the last three games, tied Aubrey Huff's team record of 128 career homers.
After not allowing more than one home run in 15 straight games, the Blue Jays gave up two on Tuesday and three yesterday.
Kelly Shoppach had an RBI single and Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double to put the Rays up 2-0 in the first. Shoppach hit a sacrifice fly, Rodriguez had another RBI double and Zobrist drove in a run with a single to make it 5-0 in the third.
Rodriguez added an RBI single during the sixth.
The Blue Jays have been outscored 19-1 over the last two games.
In other games:
* At Cleveland, Justin Masterson beat his former team with his first career shutout as the Indians routed the Boston Red Sox, 11-0.
Travis Hafner hit his 10th career grand slam - first since May 7, 2007 - in an eight-run eighth inning against Boston's bullpen. Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson combined to throw 60 pitches to 14 batters, walking five and allowing seven hits.
Masterson (2-5) faced the Red Sox for the first time and earned his second straight win after a long losing streak. The righthander struck out six, walked two and allowed a pair of harmless one-out singles - to Victor Martinez in the third inning and J.D. Drew in the fifth.
The complete-game shutout was the first by an Indians pitcher against Boston since Jack McDowell on April 15, 1996.
* At Baltimore, CC Sabathia (6-3) allowed two runs over seven innings in another winning effort against the Orioles, and Robinson Cano contributed three hits in a 4-2 victory.
* At Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, C.J. Wilson (5-3) pitched seven effective innings and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 12-2.
* At Chicago, Ramon Castro and Brent Lillibridge hit three-run homers and the White Sox routed the Detroit Tigers, 15-3.
* At Minneapolis, Carl Pavano (6-6) pitched eight strong innings, Delmon Young homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-2.
* The Texas Rangers agreed to terms yesterday with both of their first-round draft picks and assigned them to the Arizona League. Outfielder Jake Skole was picked 15th overall and catcher Kellin Deglan was chosen 22nd in the first round Monday night. Both of the 18-year-old players are lefthanded hitters from the high school ranks who throw righthanded.
* The Toronto Blue Jays have activated right-hander Jesse Litsch from the 60-day disabled list and optioned lefthanded reliever Rommie Lewis to Triple A Las Vegas. Litsch, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery in June 2009, will replace lefthander Brian Tallet in the rotation and is scheduled to make his first start of the season Sunday at Colorado.