Garret Anderson hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, Darin Erstad had a three-run homer and the Anaheim Angels beat the Oakland Athletics, 5-3, yesterday in Anaheim, Calif., to move within two games of the AL West-leading Athletics again.
"If we had dropped four back with eight games left, that would have been a huge deficit," Erstad said. "So we gave ourselves a chance."
The Angels are tied with Texas for second place in the AL West. "If anybody writes that this thing is going to be over in the next three or four days, they're wrong," A's Manager Ken Macha said. "This thing is going to go right down to the end."
Francisco Rodriguez (4-1) struck out four in two innings work to give him 118 strikeouts for the season, best among major league relievers.
Troy Percival worked the ninth to earn his 30th save in 35 chances. He has 30 or more saves in seven consecutive seasons.
* DEVIL RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 5: Geoff Blum gave Tampa Bay a victory -- with 39 minutes to spare.
Blum made up for a big error that led to the tying run by hitting a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With a 9:15 p.m. curfew imposed because of Hurricane Jeanne, both teams came out swinging in a game that took just 2 hours 20 minutes and ended at 8:36. Hoping to beat the storm, the Blue Jays were scheduled to leave Florida on a charter flight immediately after the loss.
Even though the Devil Rays play in a dome, today's series finale was canceled because of the hurricane, which was expected to hit Florida's east coast late last night or early today. Today's game will not be made up.
The curfew meant no inning could start after 9:15. And the game appeared headed for extra innings -- and a possible tie -- after Toronto rallied for two runs in the ninth. Blum committed an error on Gabe Gross's two-out grounder to third, allowing the tying run to score.
* RED SOX 12, YANKEES 5: Boston made sure New York can't clinch the AL East in Fenway Park.
After winning Friday's series opener, New York would have won the division with two more Fenway victories.
Now the Yankees' magic number remains at four, with the Red Sox 41/2 games behind and seven games left in the regular season. The Red Sox lead the AL wild-card by six games over the Anaheim Angels.
Manny Ramirez doubled in the tie-breaking run during a seven-run eighth.
* INDIANS 5, TWINS 3: Coco Crisp drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double that capped a three-run eighth inning for host Cleveland.
Minnesota dropped to 1-4 since the Twins clinched their third straight AL Central title. Minnesota (89-66) remained ahead in its race with the eventual AL West winner, Oakland (88-66) or Anaheim (86-68), for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
* RANGERS 5, MARINERS 4: Michael Young's tying triple sparked a two-run rally in the seventh inning for host Texas.
Ichiro Suzuki's two-run single gave him 250 hits, seven shy of George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record with eight games remaining.
Suzuki went 1 for 5 and is batting .374, best in the majors. He tied Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Chuck Klein (1930) for fifth on the single-season hits list.
* WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 1: Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter and Jose Valentin hit his 28th homer to lead Chicago over visiting Kansas City.