The Seattle Mariners won their 115th game to become the winningest team in American League history, passing the record that seemed unbreakable when the New York Yankees set it three years ago.
Jamie Moyer became the oldest first-time 20-game winner in history, leading host Seattle to a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers last night.
With two games to play, the Mariners (115-45) have a chance to break the major league mark of 116 set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906.
After Kazuhiro Sasaki got Rafael Palmeiro to fly out for the final out, the scoreboard at Safeco Field flashed "115 Wins" as the fans gave a standing ovation.
"I said somebody would hit 80 homers before somebody would break the record," Yankees manager Joe Torre said from St. Petersburg, Fla.
While no one hit 80, Barry Bonds hit Nos. 71 and 72 earlier in the night to break Mark McGwire's record of 70, also set in 1998.
Bret Boone and John Olerud homered as AL West champion Seattle won its fifth straight game.
Seattle manager Lou Piniella knows that to validate the record the Mariners need to win the World Series -- like the Yankees did three years ago.
"It's a phenomenal season, no doubt about it," New York's Paul O'Neill said. "I don't think you can put tags on a team until the World Series. I'm sure they feel the same way."
* ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 2: In Anaheim, Calif., Tim Hudson pitched Oakland to its 100th victory of the season as the Athletics beat the Angels.
The Athletics became the eighth team in modern major league history to win 100 games but finish second in their division. The Seattle Mariners set an AL record with their 115th victory earlier Friday.
* DEVIL RAYS 8, YANKEES 4: Roger Clemens allowed five runs over five innings in his final tuneup before the postseason as American League East champion New York lost, 8-4, to host Tampa Bay.
Clemens (20-3) dropped his final two decisions, ending his bid to break Ron Guidry's record for the highest winning percentage by a 20-game winner. Guidry went 25-3 for the Yankees in 1978.
* BLUE JAYS 5-4, INDIANS 0-3: Alex Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the 11th inning to give host Toronto a sweep of its doubleheader.
In the first game, Roy Halladay, who was four outs away from a no-hitter, pitched a two-hitter to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-0 win.
In the nightcap, Ryan Drese (1-2) loaded the bases in the 11th by walking Josh Phelps, allowing a single to Brian Simmons, and a walk to Vernon Wells before Gonzalez singled up the middle with two outs.
* WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 4: In Minneapolis, Ray Durham hit a pair of two-run homers and Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings.
The White Sox and Twins are tied for second place in the AL Central with 83-77 records with two head-to-head games remaining.
* ROYALS-TIGERS, PPD.: The game in Detroit was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.