Willis Otanez and the Toronto Blue Jays hurt the Cleveland Indians' bid for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
Otanez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning last night, leading Toronto to an 8-6 win at Jacobs Field.
With two games left, Cleveland is tied with the New York Yankees at 97-63 for the best AL record.
"Every game is important to Cleveland, but we are going to play them tough," Blue Jays Manager Jim Fregosi said.
If the Yankees and Indians wind up in a tie and meet in the playoffs, New York would have the home-field advantage because it won the season series, 7-3.
Otanez hit his sixth homer, off Steve Karsay (10-2), to break a 6-6 tie. Vernon Wells added an RBI double later in the inning.
Manny Ramirez and Travis Fryman homered for the Indians, who became the seventh major league team to score 1,000 runs in a season.
Ramirez hit his 44th homer, a 445-foot shot to center, to give Cleveland a 5-2 lead in the fourth. Ramirez has 165 RBI, tying Hall of Famers Al Simmons (1930) and Lou Gehrig (1934) for 12th on the career list for a season.
Fryman's 10th homer of the season sparked a three-run second. When he touched home plate, Cleveland became the first team with 1,000 runs since the 1950 Boston Red Sox.
YANKEES 11, DEVIL RAYS 7: Joe Girardi, Tino Martinez and Darryl Strawberry homered in a five-run fourth inning as visiting New York beat Tampa Bay.
The Rangers' 7-6 loss at Anaheim ensured that the Yankees will have home-field advantage in the first round.
Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay, his 390th career homer, which tied him with Graig Nettles for 34th place on the career list.
Girardi led off the fourth with a solo homer and Martinez hit a three-run shot off Rolando Arrojo (7-12) for a 7-3 lead. Strawberry added a 425-foot solo drive against Mike Duvall, a ball that struck the support beam of an overhanging catwalk approximately 120 feet above the field. Strawberry's homer gave him 1,000 career RBI.
ANGELS 7, RANGERS 6: Jeff DaVanon got his first two major league hits, including a ninth-inning homer, as host Anaheim snapped the Rangers' six-game winning streak.
Troy Glaus tied a career high with four RBI, including a game-tying two-run single in the eighth inning and a two-run homer in the fourth.
DaVanon, the son of former major leaguer Jerry DaVanon, homered off Mike Morgan (13-9), making a winner of Mike Holtz (2-3), who tied a career best with three innings of one-hit relief.
Because of the loss, the only way Texas can open the playoffs at home would be if the Rangers win their final two games and the Indians lose their final two. If not, the Rangers open at the Yankees on Tuesday.
Ivan Rodriguez set an AL record for catchers with his 35th homer.
ATHLETICS 5, MARINERS 1: Kevin Appier struck out nine in six innings, allowing three hits as host Oakland beat Seattle. Appier (16-14), who did not allow an earned run, improved to 13-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 22 starts against the Mariners, going 3-0 this season.
Ken Griffey Jr., attempting to reach 50 home runs for the third straight season and become the youngest in history to hit 400, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Griffey has 48 homers but none since Sept. 22.
ROYALS 9, TIGERS 5: Jermaine Dye drove in three runs and host Kansas City overcame Tony Clark's two homers in a win that snapped Detroit's six-game winning streak.
Dye boosted his RBI total to 119, tying former Royal and current Tiger Dean Palmer for second-best in team history. Hal McRae set the team record of 133 in 1982.
WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 8: Rookie Carlos Lee hit his second grand slam of the season as host Chicago handed Minnesota its season-high, seventh straight loss.
Lee connected in the first inning, his 16th home run. Brook Fordyce also drove in four runs, hitting a three-run homer and an RBI single for the White Sox, who won for the sixth time in seven games.