Eric Gagne, Dodgers closer, has 50 consecutive saves, four shy of Tom Gordon's 1998-99 major league record with the Red Sox.
The Tigers have become the first team with three losing streaks of nine games or more in a season since the 1998 Marlins.
Line of the day
Rich Harden, Athletics P
IP H ER BB HR
2 2/3 4 8 7 2
Game 2 of a four-game series between the surging Twins and fading Royals, both fight ing with the White Sox for the AL Central lead.
He said it
"I realized that winning a ring seems insignificant if you're not contributing to it." Todd Zeile, 38, on joining the Expos, his 11th major league team, after batting .210 with the Yankees, who released him.