The Tampa Bay Rays kept pace in the AL East, thanks to a late big hit and a couple of breaks.

Carlos Peña hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, then shortstop Brandon Wood's throwing error with two outs in the 10th last night gave the Rays a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"It was a really entertaining game and we're playing that kind of entertaining game way too often," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "When you win it, it's beautiful."

The Rays stayed one-half game behind the Yankees in the AL East, and continued to hold a sizable lead over Boston in the wild-card race. Tampa Bay has played six straight one-run games, winning three.

Wood hit a ninth-inning tiebreaking homer in the Angels' 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3

Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 49th homer, extending his own club record set one night earlier, as visiting Toronto beat Boston. The Red Sox are eight games behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

Phillies 5, Nationals 2

Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer to lead host Philadelphia to its sixth straight victory. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibañez also homered for the Phillies, who maintained a three-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Howard's drive in the third gave him five straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs, setting a franchise record previously held by Hall of Famer Chuck Klein.

Dotel dealt to Rockies

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded reliever Octavio Dotel and cash to the Colorado Rockies shortly before the teams played each other yesterday. The deal for a player to be named was announced less than an hour before the Rockies' 12-2 win.- AP

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