Garret Anderson hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, Darin Erstad had a three-run homer, and the host Anaheim Angels beat Oakland, 5-3, yesterday to move back within two games of the AL West-leading A's. Jermaine Dye hit a two-run shot for the A's, who won the series opener Friday night.
The Angels remained tied with Texas for second place in the West. Both remained six games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card race.
Anderson greeted Ricardo Rincon with a liner down the right-field line, giving Anaheim a 4-3 lead. Rincon had just replaced Chad Bradford (5-7), who hit Jose Guillen with a pitch leading off the inning.
Alfredo Amezaga came in as a pinch runner for Guillen and scored easily from first base on Anderson's hit. Chone Figgins's RBI single later in the inning gave Anaheim a two-run edge.
Francisco Rodriguez (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four to run his total to 118 for the season, tops 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.
Erstad homered off Mark Redman in the fifth inning. Anderson doubled twice for Anaheim.
Dye tied it, 3-3, with a two-run homer off Jarrod Washburn in the sixth inning.
Washburn gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two. In his last four starts, Washburn has three losses and one no-decision.
Rangers 5, Mariners 4 -- Michael Young's tying triple sparked a two-run rally in the seventh as host Texas pulled within two games of the West lead with a victory over Seattle.
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 in hits in a season.
Indians 5, Twins 3 -- Coco Crisp drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double that capped a three-run eighth in host Cleveland's victory over Minnesota.
Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances, dropping Minnesota 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), Anaheim (86-68), or Texas (86-68) for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Elsewhere -- Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter as the White Sox past Kansas City in Chicago, 5-1 . . . Matt Riley allowed two hits over six shutout innings, leading the Orioles to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Baltimore . . . Geoff Blum made up for a big error by hitting a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth as Tampa Bay beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5.