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Grand night for Lind as Jays triumph

ADAM Lind and Rod Barajas each homered twice, with Lind's first career grand slam helping power Toronto to a big early lead before the Blue Jays held on for a victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Lind had a career-high eight RBIs, matching the most in the majors this season when he hit a solo homer and a three-run double in Toronto's seven-run ninth that finally put the game out of reach after Texas had rallied from an 11-run deficit to make it 11-10.

The Rangers (72-58), who came up short of their largest comeback victory in team history, wrapped up a losing August and dropped four games behind idle Boston in the AL wild-card race.

In other American League games, it was: Yankees 5, Orioles 1; Rays 11, Tigers 7; Twins 4, White Sox 1; Angels 10, Mariners 0; and Athletics 8, Royals 5.

In Baltimore, Andy Pettitte retired his first 20 batters before a lamentable seventh-inning sequence spoiled both his perfect game and no-hit bid in the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League on Monday.

Pettitte (12-6) was poised to finish the seventh inning without allowing a baserunner, but former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr. allowed a two-out grounder by Adam Jones to slip through his legs for an error. Hairston was playing in place of Alex Rodriguez, who was given the night off.

Nick Markakis followed with an opposite-field single inside the third-base line.

In Detroit, Carlos Pena hit his AL-best 38th homer and drove in four runs to help Tampa Bay beat Detroit for a split of their four-game series.

Tampa Bay scored six times in the first inning against the AL Central leaders, capped by Pena's two-run drive. James Shields (9-10) pitched seven innings and Jason Bartlett added a solo homer as the Rays moved within five games of idle Boston in the wild-card race.

In Minneapolis, home runs by Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel in the third inning lifted Nick Blackburn and Minnesota to yet another home win over collapsing Chicago.

The Twins crept within 3 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central, leaving the White Sox six games back. Minnesota has won 15 of 17 games against Chicago in its soon-to-be-vacated domed home.

In the National League, it was: Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3; Braves 5, Marlins 2; Astros 5, Cubs 3; Reds 4, Pirates 3, Game 1; Reds 6, Pirates 3, Game 2; and Padres 3, Nationals 1.

In Miami, Omar Infante hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning and Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings to carry Atlanta past Florida in a matchup between NL wild-card contenders.

"We can't afford to lose right now," Kawakami said through an interpreter. "So I really wanted to win tonight."


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