ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Stuck in their longest skid in 20 years, the Boston Red Sox didn't like the way they played. They didn't appreciate how the Tampa Bay Rays acted, either.
The World Series champions lost their 10th straight game and brawled with the Rays during an 8-5 defeat Sunday.
Rays pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez connected for a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh. Later in the inning, Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double and then took third on defensive indifference, setting off the fracas.
"There were some words exchanged," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We're down five in the seventh, so it's somewhat a gray area when you shut down the running game."
"Yunel is going to do some things that might be a little unpredictable, so that's what precipitated it," said Farrell, who formerly managed Escobar in Toronto.
Farrell admitted that Boston's slide may have also "boiled over a little bit."
Escobar, Rodriguez and Boston's Jonny Gomes were all ejected.
Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't quite agree with Farrell's assessment of baseball's unwritten rules.
"Last year in the playoffs, they had an 8-2 lead in the eighth when (Jacoby) Ellsbury led off with a single and then stole second base," Maddon said, correctly recalling what happened in the division series opener. "I think that was a little more egregious than their interpretation of what happened today."
Rangers 12, Tigers 4
At Detroit, Alex Rios tripled and drove in three runs, and the Rangers rolled to another Texas-sized rout of Detroit, beating Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
Texas took three of four in the series, scoring 35 runs in the process. The Tigers have lost six of seven, and even Verlander (5-4) couldn't come close to stopping the slide.
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1
At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion homered, J.A. Happ won his third straight start and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of Oakland, beating the Athletics.
The Blue Jays, who lead the AL East, won their season-best sixth straight. It's Toronto's longest streak since an 11-game run last June. The Blue Jays have won 11 of 13 and 16 of 21.
Orioles 4, Indians 2
At Baltimore, Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz homered, Steve Pearce had three hits and the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians for a split of the four-game series.
Miguel Gonzalez (3-3) bounced back from a shaky start to hold the Indians to two runs and four hits over six innings. He's 3-0 in three career starts against Cleveland.
Yankees 7, White Sox 1
At Chicago, Derek Jeter had four hits and Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely from his first major league loss, leading the Yankees to a victory over the White Sox.
Brett Gardner had a big two-run single in New York's four-run second inning.
Tanaka (7-1) pitched into the seventh inning.
Angels 4, Royals 3
At Anaheim, Calif., Chris Iannetta hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning Sunday, lifting the Angels over the Royals.
Reliever Tim Collins (0-3) retired the first batter in the eighth before Iannetta lined a drive into the lower seats in the left-field corner for his fifth homer of the season and second of the series.
Astros 4, Mariners 1
At Seattle, Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter for his second complete game in his last three starts, leading the Astros to a victory over the Mariners.
Keuchel (6-2) struck out six, walked none and allowed just an unearned run that scored on a throwing error in the second inning.
Braves 7, Rockies 0
At Atlanta, Evan Gattis homered twice to support Julio Teheran's six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat Colorado.
Justin Upton and Chris Johnson added two-run homers for the NL East-leading Braves, who have won six of eight.
Teheran (4-3) lowered his ERA to 1.77. He gave up four hits and struck out six.
Brewers 7, Marlins 1
At Miami, Jimmy Nelson pitched 52/3 scoreless innings in his season debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in a win over Miami.
The Brewers' top prospect was recalled from Double-A Huntsville to start for Yovani Gallardo, who is nursing a sore left ankle.
Nationals 5, Pirates 2
At Pittsburgh, Ian Desmond hit a pair of RBI singles and the Washington Nationals ended a four-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh.
The Pirates had four in a row.
Doug Fister (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in 51/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
Padres 4, Cubs 3
At San Diego, Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings and the San Diego Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs.
Kennedy (3-6) allowed one run and two hits. Huston Street got his 14th save in as many chances despite giving up a two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the ninth inning.
D'backs 2, Mets 1, 1st game
Mets 4, D'backs 2, 2nd game
At New York, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six solid innings in his first start of the season and helped out with an RBI single as the New York Mets salvaged a doubleheader split with Arizona.
In the opener, the Diamondbacks turned a season-high five double plays. They used an error by second baseman Daniel Murphy in the ninth to win.
Cardinals 4, Reds 0
At Cincinnati, Adam Wainwright became the National League's first eight-game winner by dominating Cincinnati again, and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled away to a victory that completed another successful series against their division rival.
Giants 8, Twins 1
At San Francisco, Michael Morse doubled three times and drove in four runs, Madison Bumgarner stayed unbeaten in May and the San Francisco Giants beat Minnesota to complete a three-game sweep.
Bumgarner (6-3) earned his fourth straight win, striking out 10 and giving up three hits in seven innings. He fanned Joe Mauer three times.