Down by five runs early, the Oakland Athletics found themselves in an unfamiliar spot. Not that it mattered.
The Athletics rallied late and extended the majors' longest winning streak this season to 12 games, defeating the Detroit Tigers 10-7 Sunday.
"We knew we'd get our shots," said Greg Myers, whose pinch-hit homer started Oakland's five-run comeback in the eighth. "We didn't give up."
The AL West leaders had trailed for a half-inning during their previous 11 wins. Even after Randall Simon's grand slam and RBI single gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead in the fourth inning, Detroit knew its day wasn't done at Comerica Park.
In other AL games, Anaheim beat Boston 8-3, Seattle downed Cleveland 12-4, Texas topped New York 6-2, Kansas City defeated Minnesota 4-2, Toronto beat Baltimore 5-2 and Chicago stopped Tampa Bay 8-3.
Angels 8, Red Sox 3
Pinch-runner Chone Figgins got off to a quick start in his major league debut, scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth on David Eckstein's suicide-squeeze bunt at Fenway Park.
Mariners 12, Indians 4
Ben Davis hit a grand slam and a solo homer as Seattle beat Cleveland.
Davis set a career high for RBIs with his first multihomer game. His slam capped a six-run burst in the third inning.
Freddy Garcia pitched eight effective innings and won on the road for the first time since June 19.
Rangers 6, Yankees 2
Rookie Joaquin Benoit shut out baseball's top-scoring team until the seventh inning and Texas won at Yankee Stadium.
Alex Rodriguez got his major league-leading 113th RBI, Herbert Perry homered and Rafael Palmeiro had his 2,600th career hit.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
Josh Phelps homered and Toronto beat Baltimore for the third straight time at Camden Yards.
Vernon Wells added three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays. He went 8-for-17 in the series.
Baltimore's Mike Bordick broke Cal Ripken's major league record for consecutive errorless chances by a shortstop with 429. Bordick has played 81 straight games without an error.
White Sox 8, Devil Rays 3
Aaron Rowand homered, leading Gary Glover and Chicago to a win at Comiskey Park.
Tampa Bay has not won a series since June 28-30 against the Florida Marlins. The Devil Rays have gone a team-record 16 straight series without winning one, the longest skid in the majors since Philadelphia went 23 in 1997.
An overpowering fastball carried Randy Johnson to his 19th victory. Now he just hopes for a shot at No. 20.
Johnson (19-4) struck out 16 for his third shutout of the season as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Sunday.
The Big Unit is scheduled to go for his 20th win against San Francisco on Friday, the strike deadline set by players.
"I'm very optimistic. The glass is half-full," Johnson said.
If Sunday turns out to be his final outing of the season, he finished with a flourish.
Johnson scattered six hits and walked two to improve to 11-0 in 12 starts against the Cubs, who were missing Sammy Sosa because of a sore neck.
The left-hander's win total is second in the majors to teammate Curt Schilling's 21.
"Velocity alone, this was by far his best game of the season," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "We had him at 102 mph on the strikeout pitch to end the seventh. He hit 100 two other times, 99 two times and 98 seven times."
In other NL games, it was: Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 3; Houston 1, Cincinnati 0; Los Angeles 7, Atlanta 5; San Francisco 8, Montreal 4; New York 7, Colorado 4; Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2; and Florida 7, San Diego 6.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 3
Placido Polanco beat his former team with a go-ahead single in the ninth, and Philadelphia earned its first sweep at Busch Stadium since 1990.
Astros 1, Reds 0
Lance Berkman hit his career-high 35th homer and rookie Kirk Saarloos (6-3) allowed four hits in seven innings as host Houston moved within three games of St. Louis in the NL Central.
Braves 7, Dodgers 5
Chipper Jones and Javy Lopez homered in a five-run first and Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple as Atlanta beat Los Angeles to avoid a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.
Giants 8, Expos 4
Barry Bonds doubled twice and scored two runs, and Jason Schmidt (9-6) pitched San Francisco past Montreal at Pacific Bell Park.
Mets 7, Rockies 4
Raul Gonzalez hit his first two major league homers and drove in four runs to lead Al Leiter (11-10) and New York over Colorado at Coors Field.
Pirates 3, Brewers 2
Kris Benson (6-6) pitched eight solid innings and Rob Mackowiak homered at Miller Park as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee for the 15th time this year.
Marlins 7, Padres 6
Luis Castillo singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Florida won its first road series in more than two months.
Kevin Millar homered and drove in three runs for the Marlins.
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