- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The World Series champion Boston Red Sox lost their 10th straight game, skidding to their longest slump in 20 years and brawling with the Tampa Bay Rays during an 8-5 defeat Sunday.

Rays pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez connected for a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh. Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double later in the inning and then took third on defensive indifference, setting off the fracas.

Escobar, Rodriguez and Boston’s Jonny Gomes were all ejected.

This is Boston’s worst losing streak since an 11-gamer from June 8-19, 1994. The Red Sox have been outscored 52-24 over their last 10 games.

RANGERS 12, TIGERS 4

DETROIT (AP) - 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.

The Detroit right-hander allowed nine runs - six earned - in 5 1-3 innings in one of the worst starts of his career.

Michael Choice homered for the Rangers in the second, and Texas broke the game open with five runs in the fifth.

Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

BLUE JAYS 3, ATHLETICS 1

TORONTO (AP) - 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.

The AL West-leading Athletics lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak of the season. Oakland, which came in leading the AL in runs, has scored just seven times in the past four games.

Happ (4-1) allowed four hits in a season-high seven innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven.

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