Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the 11th and the Anaheim Angels beat host Texas, 8-7, last night, eliminating the surprising Rangers from the playoff chase.
Glaus connected off Francisco Cordero (3-4), who hadn't given up a homer in his first 65 appearances this season. Darin Erstad reached on a one-out single and scored on Glaus's homer to center, his 18th of the season.
Anaheim (90-68) moved back into first place for the first time since June 8 by winning the first two games in Texas.
Texas (86-72) lost its fourth straight, and fifth of six since sweeping three games from the Athletics last week. The Rangers spent most of July in first place and were a surprise contender after four straight last-place finishes when they averaged 90 losses a season.
Scot Shields (8-2) pitched two shutout innings for the win, and Troy Percival pitched the 11th for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
* MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 2: Ichiro Suzuki got one hit and plenty of help in knocking Oakland out of first place.
Suzuki's fifth-inning single gave him 255 hits, two shy of George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record, and Seattle sent the host Athletics into second place in the AL West for the first time since Aug. 5. Suzuki has four games remaining to get the record.
* YANKEES 5-5, TWINS 3-4: With a doubleheader sweep of visiting Minnesota, New York moved to the verge of clinching its seventh straight AL East title.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rallied the Yankees victory over the AL Central champions in the opener, a possible playoff opener preview matching New York's Mike Mussina and Minnesota's Johan Santana.
Jon Lieber then won his 100th career game and fifth consecutive decision in the nightcap behind Hideki Matsui's second homer of the day and 30th of the season, a three-run drive in the first. Mariano Rivera saved both games, raising his total to a career-high 53.
* DEVIL RAYS 9, RED SOX 4: In St. Petersburg, Fla, Tampa Bay damaged Boston's slim chances of winning the AL East by beating Pedro Martinez (16-9), who lost his fourth straight start. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings.
* WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 2: Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Freddy Garcia (13-11) pitched seven scoreless innings for visiting Chicago.
* INDIANS 5, ROYALS 2: Host Kansas City lost its club-record 101st game. The Royals lost their fifth straight.