NEW YORK - At this rate, the Boston Red Sox will blow the New York Yankees out of the AL East race before summer.
Daisuke Matsuzaka overcame control problems to defeat the Yankees for the second time in six days, and Kevin Youkilis and Julio Lugo homered in a come-from-behind 11-4 victory last night that improved Boston to 4-0 against its longtime rival this season.
New York (8-13), whose April began to unravel with three straight losses at Fenway Park last weekend, has lost seven consecutive games for the first time since the final seven of the 2000 season. The last-place Yankees have fallen 61/2 games back of the division-leading Red Sox (15-7).
In his first appearance at Yankee Stadium, Dice-K wasn't particularly sharp, but he got the job done. He gave up four runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven.
Rangers 5, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO - Sammy Sosa hit his 595th career home run, and Mark Teixeira and Brad Wilkerson each had two-run shots as Texas beat Toronto.
Sosa is within five of becoming the fifth player in major-league history to hit 600 or more home runs.
Akinori Otsuka struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Toronto's Lyle Overbay hit a solo home run in the fifth, his second, and rookie Adam Lind hit a two-run shot in the sixth, his first.
Indians 5, Orioles 4
CLEVELAND - Grady Sizemore hit an inside-the-park home run, Jake Westbrook got his first win in five starts, and Cleveland beat Baltimore for its sixth straight victory.
Westbrook (1-2) won for the first time since signing a three-year, $33 million contract extension April 13. He allowed three runs and six hits over 61/3 innings and struck out five.
Joe Borowski struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Twins 5, Tigers 3
DETROIT - Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer's two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning, helping Minnesota rally past Detroit.
Justin Morneau homered for the Twins.
White Sox 7, Angels 3
CHICAGO - Jermaine Dye homered twice and Darin Erstad hit a go-ahead double against his former team, leading Chicago over Los Angeles.
A.J. Pierzynski homered following Dye's solo shot in the fourth.