Forget about the other teams in the AL West. The Seattle Mariners have to be measured against squads from bygone eras.
With a winning streak that's reached a franchise-record 11 games, Seattle is 43-12 -- baseball's top start in 48 years and the third-best in major league history.
Bret Boone homered and drove in three runs, and Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases as Seattle beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-4 Sunday.
In other AL games, it was: Boston 5, Toronto 4; Chicago 9, Detroit 6; Anaheim 7, Kansas City 2; New York 4, Cleveland 3; Minnesota 6, Texas 3; and Oakland 5, Baltimore 1.
The Red Sox won their fifth straight game, while the White Sox and Angels both stretched their runs to four games.
In the National League, while the Chicago Cubs' winning streak finally came to an end, the Arizona Diamondbacks keep on winning.
Randy Johnson struck out 14 in six innings and Reggie Sanders was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI Sunday as Arizona beat San Diego 8-4 to tie the franchise record of nine straight victories.
In Milwaukee, Ben Sheets allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings and the Brewers survived Sammy Sosa's near game-tying home run in the ninth to snap the Cubs' 12-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
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