Oakland sets up dramatic finish

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004

 

  Oakland Athletics' Bobby Crosby celebrates after hitting a walk off solo homerun in the ninth inning off of Seattle Mariners' pitcher Scott Atchison in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004. The Athletics won 3-2. At rear is Athletics first base coach Brad Fischer. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Oakland Athletics' Bobby Crosby celebrates after hitting a walk off solo homerun in the ninth inning off of Seattle Mariners' pitcher Scott Atchison in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004. The Athletics won 3-2. At rear is Athletics first base coach Brad Fischer.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ichiro Suzuki got his 256th hit to move within one of George Sisler's record, but Bobby Crosby homered in the ninth inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

The A's (90-69) moved back into a tie with the Anaheim Angels atop the AL West, and there won't be a one-game playoff, either. The division champion will be determined in a season-ending three-game series at the Coliseum.

Suzuki had a run-scoring single in the third inning, pulling him within one hit of tying Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257. Suzuki went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Octavio Dotel (6-2) pitched the ninth for the victory, striking out Suzuki with a 3-2 fastball.

With one out in the ninth, Crosby pounded a pitch from Scott Atchison (2-3) over the high fence in left for his 22nd homer, raising his fist as he rounded the bases. Jermaine Dye also homered for the A's, who fell out of first place Wednesday night for the first time since Aug. 5.

Rangers 6, Angels 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a pair of singles and the Texas Rangers won in their home finale, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.

Gonzalez, a rookie first baseman getting his first start since April, hit a two-run single that chased erratic John Lackey (14-13) in a four-run outburst in the fifth that gave Texas a 5-1 lead.

Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-4 with two more homers for the Angels (90-69), who are tied with Oakland for the AL West lead and finish the regular season with three games there this weekend.

Tigers 8, Devil Rays 0

Devil Rays 6, Tigers 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toby Hall hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lead Tampa Bay to a split of its doubleheader against Detroit.

With the Tigers leading 4-3 in the eighth, Jose Cruz Jr. hit a one-out double off Craig Dingman (2-2) and went to third on Jorge Cantu's base hit. Geoff Blum followed with a single to right to tie it. Jamie Walker came in and got Carl Crawford to fly out, but Hall doubled into the left-field corner to make it 6-4.

Travis Harper (6-2) picked up the win despite giving up two runs and two hits in one inning. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

Jeremy Bonderman (11-13) threw a four-hitter and Ivan Rodriguez hit his 250th career homer to lead the Tigers past the Devil Rays in the opener.

Brandon Inge had an RBI double in the second before Rodriguez made it 3-0 with a two-run homer an inning later. Rodriguez is one RBI away from 1,000 for his career.

Dewon Brazelton (6-8) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for Tampa Bay.

Yankees 6, Twins 4

NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Yankees clinched their seventh straight AL East title with their 100th victory of the season.

With the crowd standing and hollering, Williams connected with one out to set off an enthusiastic celebration.

Williams' homer was the Yankees' major-league leading 241st of the season, and they broke the franchise record set in 1961. Hideki Matsui and John Olerud also homered for New York.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 3

BALTIMORE -- Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs to boost his major league-leading RBIs total to 146 for Baltimore.

Tejada's RBIs total is second-most in major league history by a shortstop behind Vern Stephens' 159 for Boston in 1949. Tejada has four homers and 15 RBIs in his last eight games.

Blue Jays starter Josh Towers (9-8) allowed four runs and six hits in two-plus innings, his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander, who pitched for the Orioles in 2001-02, is 0-4 in five decisions since beating Baltimore twice in succession last month.

White Sox 9, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season to lead the White Sox.

Buehrle (16-10) retired 18 straight after giving up two runs in the second inning. He struck out a season-high eight and walked none in handing the Royals their sixth consecutive loss.

Buehrle set the franchise record for innings pitched in a season with 245 1-3 -- a career high. He surpassed Bartolo Colon's record of 242 established last year.



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