11 straight for Red Sox


Boston pulled ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th inning Sunday on a play that ... well, we don't even really know what to call it.

Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Coming off four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore, the Red Sox have a 5½-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East.

His toughest challenge in his last five starts came against the Rays, who got him for six hits and three runs in seven innings in a game the Red Sox still pulled out on August 29. 18 strikeouts, 11 straight, 16 straight outs by way of the K. Oh, and the first happened to set an all-time franchise season-high.

Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings.

Reynaldo Lopez pitched 5 1/3 superb innings for the Nationals, while in NY the Mets could not quite do enough as they battled back from an early 10-0 deficit. Since the start of last season, he has 15 losses, and has 26 total runs of support in those games.

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RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 0: The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won another AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit a pair of two-run homers in a win over Houston. Mahtook added two more hits, raising his average from.174 to.182.

The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on April 22, 1970. The 26-year-old notched a quality start in six of his last seven outings but allowed at least one home run in all by one of those turns. Ortiz was out at second when he overran the base trying to stretch a single.

The Rays treated the home crowd to a display of futility at the plate never seen before in a major-league game: 11 straight strikeouts. He also hit a solo home run in the sixth, his 32nd.

Miami ace Jose Fernandez, an All-Star starting pitcher who escaped Cuba to become one of the best young arms in baseball, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning at the age of 24.

Ortiz, who crushed a two-run homer in Friday's 2-1 victory, leaves Tropicana Field as the stadium's all-time leader among visiting players in several key statistical categories including home runs (35), RBIs (90), doubles (23) and extra-base hits (59), and is also second in hits with 115.