MINNEAPOLIS - The surging Detroit Tigers sent the reeling Twins to their fourth straight defeat, and Minnesota lost AL MVP Justin Morneau to a broken nose in the process.
Magglio Ordoñez and Craig Monroe each drove in two runs to back Chad Durbin in the Tigers' 8-2 victory yesterday.
Since winning two straight against the Tigers in Detroit on April 27 and 28, the Twins are 3-9. Since that last loss to Minnesota two weeks ago, the Tigers are 11-1.
Durbin (3-1) allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings. Monroe's two-run homer in the fifth highlighted another big day for Detroit's lineup.
Morneau left the game in the eighth inning after a relay throw bounced and broke his nose, another piece of bad news on another bad day for the Twins. Morneau's status was announced as day to day.
The Twins are last in the league in home runs, and the fundamentals the franchise has long depended on - sound fielding and smart, aggressive baserunning - have often been missing.
Sidney Ponson (2-5) missed the strike zone on seven of his first nine pitches, an ominous opening to another frustrating start for this righthander, who so far has been unsuccessful in his attempt to revive his career with the Twins.
Angels 6, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas - Bartolo Colon and Los Angeles did what has become routine for them: They beat Texas.
Colon matched a major-league record by winning his 12th straight start against the Rangers, pitching six innings in a victory that improved the Angels to 5-0 this season against their AL West rivals.
Red Sox 13, Orioles 4
BOSTON - Kevin Youkilis singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth, Alex Cora added a two-run single in the seventh, and Boston resumed its domination of Baltimore.
Youkilis' two-out single off Jon Leicester (0-1) drove in Jason Varitek, who was hit by a pitch leading off, and put Boston ahead, 5-4. Youkilis, 13 for his last 26, singled in another run as Boston pulled away with a five-run eighth.
Indians 6, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, Calif. - Fausto Carmona helped Cleveland stop its skid.
Carmona recovered from a shaky first inning to win his fourth straight start, and Josh Barfield hit a pair of run-scoring triples as the Indians beat Oakland and stopped a three-game losing streak.
Carmona (4-1) extended the longest winning streak of his major-league career, allowing three runs, six hits and four walks in seven innings. The 23-year-old righthander, who had given up only three earned runs in his previous 23 innings, fell behind by 3-0 in the first, when Jack Cust hit his fourth home run in three days.
White Sox 5, Royals 4
CHICAGO - Juan Uribe hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Jermaine Dye singled in the winning run in the 10th as Chicago rallied to beat Kansas City.
Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 4
TORONTO - Vernon Wells scored the go-ahead run from first base on Lyle Overbay's two-out single in the seventh inning, and Toronto beat Tampa Bay for its second straight win after a nine-game skid.
Yankees 7, Mariners 2