Fighting to stay in contention, the Texas Rangers knocked the Anaheim Angels down a notch.
Rookie Chris Young held the Angels to five hits in six-plus innings, and Kevin Mench singled in the only run yesterday as the Rangers beat the suddenly punchless Angels, 1-0, in Anaheim, Calif.
Shut out by the Rangers for the second day in a row, the Angels fell three games behind AL West-leading Oakland and remained 51/2 games back of Boston in the wild-card race.
Texas stayed five games back of the Athletics.
"You could tell when we came in here after the Oakland series, we weren't going to fold the tent," Texas Manager Buck Showalter said after his team took two of three following a four-game split against the Athletics.
"We've been in two venues that have been tough for a visiting club, and we handled it well. We're giving ourselves a chance. We've won seven out of 10, and it seems like we're a day away from people throwing sand on us."
The Rangers' latest win came a day after they used seven pitchers in a 2-0 victory over the Angels, who lead the major leagues in hitting at .285. Anaheim has been shut out 10 times this season -- three in the last five games.
"Obviously, it's not a good time for our bats to go silent," Anaheim Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Everybody's tired in the whole league, everybody's banged up in the whole league. We've got guys who are tired and banged up. But since we're down to 13 games left, I don't think it's a time of year to give in to that."
It's the first time since Sept. 28-29, 1992, against Kansas City that the Angels were shut out by the same team in consecutive home games. It also was the first time since 1989 that the Rangers recorded consecutive shutouts on the road against the same opponent. The Angels also were on the losing end that time.
* ATHLETICS 2, MARINERS 1: Eric Chavez and Erubiel Durazo each drove in runs, leading Oakland on the road.
Mark Redman (11-12), who lost his two previous starts, allowed one run and eight hits in 62/3 innings. He walked four -- one intentionally -- and struck out three.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats and walked, holding his season hits total at 236. With 13 games remaining, he needs 22 more to break the major league season record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
* INDIANS 8, ROYALS 3: Ben Broussard hit a three-run homer to help Kyle Denney earn his first major league win and Cleveland defeated visiting Kansas City.
Broussard's 14th homer capped a five-run third inning off Denny Bautista (0-3) as Cleveland averted a three-game sweep and won for just the fifth time in 16 games.
Kansas City has not swept a team for 57 consecutive series -- since taking three straight from Texas on Aug. 26-28, 2003.
* BLUE JAYS 9, DEVIL RAYS 7: Vernon Wells homered in Toronto's five-run third inning to power host Toronto. Guillermo Quiroz had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who moved two games behind fourth-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.
* WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 1: Paul Konerko and Carlos Lee homered and Freddy Garcia pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning in Chicago's victory over visiting Detroit.