Angels finally clinch palyoff spot

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Scott Spiezio homered as the Anaheim Angels finally clinched their first playoff berth since 1986, beating the Texas Rangers 10-5 Thursday.

The Angels, who had lost four straight and seven of nine, eliminated Seattle and will open the postseason Tuesday in New York against the Yankees. Oakland plays Minnesota in the AL's other first-round series.

With the score 2-2 in the fifth, Salmon hit a tiebreaking infield single and Anderson hit a three-run homer off Colby Lewis (1-3). Salmon and Spiezio hit two-run homers in the seventh.

Rookie John Lackey (9-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

Athletics 5, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Scott Hatteberg hit a tiebreaking two-out, two-run double in the 10th off Shigetoshi Hasegawa (8-3) as Oakland clinched the AL West title for the second time in three years.

Miguel Tejada, who went 4-for-5, had tied the score with a one-out solo homer in the ninth off Kazuhiro Sasaki.

Billy Koch (11-4) pitched two innings for the win.

Oakland had failed to hold consecutive eighth-inning leads against Seattle in the previous two games. The A's are a half-game behind the New York Yankees, whose game against Tampa Bay was rained out, for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

CHICAGO -- Dan Wright (14-12) won his fourth straight start, allowing both runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. Keith Foulke completed the four-hitter by getting three outs for his 11th save, the 100th of his career.

Magglio Ordonez hit his 38th homer, giving Chicago a team-record 217, one more than in 2000.

Indians 8, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Phillips had three hits and a career-high four RBIs. Ryan Drese (10-9) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

In his final tuneup for the playoffs, Brad Radke gave up two runs and four hits in six innings. Torii Hunter homered for Minnesota.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1

TORONTO -- Esteban Loaiza (9-10) pitched a five-hitter for his third complete game this season, the ninth of his career.

Carlos Delgado homered and hit an RBI double for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight to improve to 41-32 since the All-Star break.

Former Toronto star Pat Hentgen (0-4), facing his former team for the first time, allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. Hentgen lost his fourth consecutive start for the Orioles, who have lost nine straight and 29 of 33.

Royals 7, Tigers 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeff Suppan (9-16) pitched a five-hitter to win for the first time in 12 starts since July 17, and Carlos Beltran had four RBIs.

Nate Cornejo (1-5) gave up four runs -- one earned -- and four hits in six innings

Detroit (55-103), which made two errors in the game and eight in the three-game series, is finishing its worst season since going 53-109 in 1996. Kansas City (62-97) already has tied its record for defeats.



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