Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer in the 11th as the visiting Anaheim Angels beat the Rangers, 8-7, last night and vaulted into first place in the West while eliminating surprising Texas 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.
Texas (86-72) lost its fourth straight game 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 32d save in 37 chances.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 -- Seattle's Bobby Madritsch (6-3) pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game as Oakland was knocked out of first place in the West Division for the first time since Aug. 5.
The Angels and A's play three games in Oakland this weekend to finish the season.
The A's had been in sole possession of first place for 53 days until losing to Seattle, 7-2, Tuesday night. The A's, who have lost seven of nine and are 11-16 in September, fell a game behind Anaheim in the division.
Ichiro Suzuki's fifth-inning single gave him 255 hits, two shy of George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record.
Elsewhere -- Rick Bauer pitched six innings of three-hit ball and Baltimore completed a doubleheader sweep of visiting Toronto, with a 4-0 victory after taking the opener, 7-6 . . . Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Freddy Garcia pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Chicago to an 11-2 drubbing at Detroit . . . Kansas City lost its club-record 101st game of the season, falling to visiting Cleveland, 5-2.