Reggie Jackson hit a two-run home run and Doug DeCinces added a one-run homer yesterday as the California Angels beat the Rangers, 3-1, in Arlington, Tex. However, the victory was rendered meaningless last night when the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A's, 5-4, to win the American League West Division title.
California starter John Candelaria (7-3), who gave up five hits in five innings and walked three, got the victory yesterday.
Stu Cliburn pitched two innings and gave up the only Rangers run in the seventh, and Donnie Moore pitched the final two innings for his 31st save.
Jackson's 27th homer of the season cleared the 380-foot sign in left center after Rod Carew walked with one out in the first. DeCinces' homer, his 20th of the season, came with one out in the sixth.
"Nothing works like a home run," said Angels Manager Gene Mauch, whose team had scored only one run in 31 innings before yesterday.
Jackson added, "The home run gives you a shot in the arm."
Texas scored in the seventh when Wayne Tolleson walked to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on Pete O'Brien's single to left.
The Rangers, who stranded 11 runners, had men on base in each of the first six innings, but Candelaria and Cliburn kept them from scoring.
Kansas City clinched a tie for the division title with a 4-2 victory over Oakland on Friday, when the Angels lost to the Rangers, 6-0.
Mauch said the Angels' run drought, which resulted in three losses out of four to Kansas City before they came to Arlington, had left him "down" Friday night.
"We weren't our own boss," Mauch said. "And we still aren't, of course. But crazier things have happened."
Twins 8, Indians 2: Bert Blyleven pitched a six-hitter for his 24th complete game of the season, best in the league, and surpassed 200 strikeouts for the seventh time in his career -- finishing with 206 -- as Minnesota defeated Cleveland in Minneapolis. He also leads the league in innings pitched (293 2/3) and starts (37).
The Twins nicked Jamie Easterly (4-1) for two runs in the first on singles by Kirby Puckett, Mickey Hatcher and Kent Hrbek and a sacrifice fly by Tom Brunansky.