Angels remain one shy of postseason

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Anaheim Angels once again failed to clinch a playoff spot, losing their third in a row as Ivan Rodriguez homered to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Anaheim has lost six of eight but remained three games behind Oakland in the AL West. The Angels' magic number for wrapping up their first playoff spot since 1986 remained at one.

Rodriguez led off this sixth against Kevin Appier (14-12) with his 18th homer for a 2-1 lead. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Rookie Joaquin Benoit (4-4) held Anaheim to just five hits over seven innings.

Mariners 8, Athletics 7

SEATTLE -- Down to their last four outs, the Mariners rallied to keep their faint playoff hopes alive as Scott Podsednik's two-out single capped a four-run comeback in the eighth and stopped the A's five-game winning streak.

Oakland, already assured of a playoff berth, wasted a 5-1 lead and dropped behind the Yakees in the chase for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

Jeff Cirillo hit an RBI single off Ricardo Rincon with in the eighth, and Willie Bloomquist had a two-out RBI double. Jeff Tam (1-2) gave up Bret Boone's tying double and Podsednik's single.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (8-2) got the win and Arthur Rhodes got his second save.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO -- Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez each had RBIs for Boston, which won its fifth straight and kept its slim playoff hopes alive.

A Boston loss or an Anaheim win eliminates the Red Sox from the AL wild-card race.

Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon also drove in runs in a four-run sixth inning. Casey Fossum (5-4) allowed two homers among six hits in six innings.

Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 39 save. Jon Garland (12-12) was the loser.

Yankees 6, Devil Rays 0

NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi hit his 39th and 40th homers and Mike Mussina (17-10) pitched a two-hitter and struck out a season-high 12 in his second shutout of the season.

Mussina allowed only a second-inning single to Aubrey Huff and a fifth-inning bloop hit to Toby Hall.

Raul Mondesi added a two-run double and Bernie Williams had his 200th hit of the season the Yankees, who snapped a four-game homerless drought -- their longest since 1998.

Travis Harper (5-9) took the loss.

Twins 4, Indians 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bobby Kielty hit a sacrifice fly off David Elder (0-2) in the ninth.

LaTroy Hawkins (5-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Eric Milton, winless since Aug. 1 following a knee injury, gave up a run, six hits and a walk while throwing 95 pitches in 6 2-3 innings.

Jim Thome hit his 48th homer.

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 1

TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado homered twice, and Roy Halladay (18-7) won his third straight start, combining with Brian Bowles and Jason Kershner on a four-hitter.

Delgado reached 30 homers for the sixth consecutive season and became the first Blue Jays player with five straight 100-RBI seasons when he hit a three-run homer off Sean Douglass (0-5) in the third inning.

Vernon Wells went 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Royals 17, Tigers 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chuck Knoblauch, Raul Ibanez and Aaron Guiel homered as Kansas City scored its most runs this season.

Catcher Dusty Wathan, son of former Royals player and manager John Wathan, made his major league debut in the eighth inning and hit an RBI double in his first at-bat.

Ibanez, who'd never driven in more than 54 runs in his four-year career, raised his RBIs total to 103 with the two-run shot off Shane Loux (0-3) in the third.

Miguel Asencio (4-7) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Detroit (54-102) made four errors.



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