Bartolo Colon dominated in seven sharp innings while pitching on three days' rest for the third time in his career, and No. 9 hitter Alfredo Amezaga had a grand slam that led the Anaheim Angels over the Athletics, 10-0, last night in Oakland.
Pinch hitter Andres Galarraga led off the ninth with his first homer of the season and No. 399 of his career. The Angels got hits from nine players to win for the sixth time in seven games and take a one-game AL West lead over the A's with two to play.
Now, Oakland's playoff hopes are in the hands of Barry Zito today. The A's have reached the postseason the past four years, losing in the first round each time.
If the A's win today, everything will come down to the series finale tomorrow -- the last day of the regular season -- a matchup of Oakland's Tim Hudson and Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn.
Colon (18-12), who beat Kenny Rogers at Texas on Monday, won for the fifth time in six starts, retiring 13 of his first 15 batters. Colon pitched three-hit ball through seven innings, striking out six and walking none. Brendan Donnelly and Ramon Ortiz completed the four-hitter, the Angels' 11th shutout.
* TWINS 4, INDIANS 3: Corey Koskie homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning in Minneapolis.
The AL Central champion Twins can still begin the playoffs at home. If they beat the Indians today and tomorrow, and Anaheim and Oakland avoid a sweep in their three-game series this weekend, Minnesota would host Boston in Game 1 of the division series on Tuesday. If not, the Twins would open in New York against the Yankees.
Ronnie Belliard went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Coco Crisp was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Cleveland (79-81) -- which missed a chance at its first winning season since 2001. The Indians were 68-94 last year.
Minnesota won for just the third time in 10 games since clinching. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 44th save in 47 tries after Jesse Crain (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth.
Bobby Howry (4-2) started the eighth, allowing singles to Lew Ford and Jason Kubel and a walk to Torii Hunter. Cliff Bartosh relieved and got one out before Koskie's big hit.
* BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 0: David Bush pitched a two-hitter for the first complete game of his major league career as Toronto easily beat Orlando Hernandez and visiting New York.
A day after clinching their seventh straight AL East title, the Yankees started just one regular, Hideki Matsui. He has started every game this season, extending his streak of consecutive games played to 322. Before he joined New York, he played in 1,573 consecutive games for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League.
Hernandez (8-2), pushed back three days in the rotation because of a tired shoulder, lost his second straight start, allowing five runs, five hits and three walks in three innings.
* WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 2: Jon Garland pitched six solid innings, and visiting Chicago (82-78) clinched second place in the AL Central.
Garland (12-11) allowed two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and three walks to lead the White Sox to their eighth win in 11 games. He raised his career record against Kansas City to 10-4.
The White Sox are three games ahead of third-place Cleveland with two to play.
* DEVIL RAYS 4, TIGERS 1: For the first time in its history, Tampa Bay won't finish last.
Rob Bell came within an out of his first career shutout before Ivan Rodriguez doubled for his 1,000th career RBI, and the Devil Rays won in Detroit to clinch fourth in the AL East.
Tampa Bay, which began play in 1998, improved to 69-90 and cannot be overtaken by last-place Toronto, which began the night at 65-93. In their second year under Manager Lou Piniella, the Devil Rays need one win in the last two games to reach 70 for the first time.