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Rays beat Red Sox 6-4 for eighth straight victory

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida--David Price won his sixth start in a row and Evan Longoria hit a three-run double as the Tampa Bay Rays earned their eighth straight victory, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in Major League Baseball on Friday.

Price (11-7) struck out 10 over eight innings. He matched the team record shared by Matt Moore and Scott Kazmir for victories in consecutive starts.

Ben Zobrist got his fourth hit, an RBI double that made it 3-all in the Rays' seventh. Later in the inning, Longoria delivered his go-ahead hit off Junichi Tazawa (1-2).

The Red Sox lost their fourth consecutive game.

In other games, the Los Angeles Dodgers matched a club record with five triples in their 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, the Cincinnati Reds lost to the Washington Nationals 4-1 to remain winless since the All-Star break, and the New York Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games, topping the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4.

The Texas Rangers also topped the American League West-leading Oakland Athletics 4-1 and the Kansas City Royals got their fourth straight win by defeating the Cleveland Indians 6-4.

The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig tied a team record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs in the win over the Giants.

The Dodgers got three of their five triples during a five-run fifth inning that chased Tim Lincecum (9-7). It was the most triples in a game for the team since 1921 and most by a Dodgers player since Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard had three in 1901.

Los Angeles moved within a half-game of San Francisco for the lead in the National League West division.

The Reds, meanwhile, have dropped seven straight games for their longest losing streak in five years. Alfredo Simon (12-5) has also lost both starts since his first All-Star selection.

Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings and Denard Span got four hits for the Nationals, who have won seven of nine games.

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Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist, front left, and Evan Longoria high-five teammates after the team defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday, July 25.

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