A's earn bitter win over Angels

Posted: Monday, October 04, 2004


  Anaheim Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, right, smiles as he watches the game against the Oakland Athletics from the dugout on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004. The Angels rested most of the team's starters a day after winning the American League West pennant. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Anaheim Angels' Vladimir Guerrero, right, smiles as he watches the game against the Oakland Athletics from the dugout on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004. The Angels rested most of the team's starters a day after winning the American League West pennant.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie Nick Swisher singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Oakland defeated playoff-bound Anaheim.

Aaron Sele pitched into the seventh inning, and Jeff DaVanon hit an RBI triple for the Angels, who won seven of their previous eight and clinched the AL West on Saturday.

Anaheim opens the division series at home Tuesday afternoon against Boston and Curt Schilling. Jarrod Washburn probably will pitch for the Angels.

The A's tied the game in the seventh on a two-run double by Adam Melhuse that followed Swisher's leadoff single and a double by Jermaine Dye.

Swisher lined a single to left off Kevin Gregg (5-2) to score Eric Byrnes from third. Justin Duchscherer (7-6) worked two scoreless innings for the win.

Tim Hudson allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings, struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

Rangers 3, Mariners 0

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki got two final hits and Edgar Martinez grounded into a double play in his last at-bat.

Chan Ho Park (4-7) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Laynce Nix homered for Texas.

Suzuki pushed his major league record for hits in a season to 262 with singles in the third inning off Park and in the eighth off Brian Shouse. Suzuki broke George Sisler's 1920 mark of 257 hits on Friday.

Suzuki won his second AL batting title and led the majors in hitting at .372.

Martinez, Seattle's retiring designated hitter, went 0-for-4 but received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd of 45,658 after grounding into a double play in the eighth.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 49th save in 54 opportunities.

Gil Meche (7-7) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.

Twins 6, Indians 5 (Gm. 1) Indians 5, Twins 2 (Gm. 2)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on a strange Sunday afternoon and send the AL Central champions to Yankee Stadium for the start of the playoffs.

Twenty minutes before the originally scheduled game began, the Twins beat the Indians 6-5 in 12 innings to finish Saturday's suspended game more than 26 hours after it began. Michael Cuddyer's two-out double scored Jason Bartlett from first base to end it.

Minnesota (92-70), which won its third straight division title, plays the AL East champion Yankees at New York on Tuesday in Game 1. The Anaheim Angels, the AL West champs, will host the wild-card Boston Red Sox in the other first-round series.

Kyle Lohse (9-13) won the first game with a scoreless 12th inning, then started the second game and lost, giving up five hits and three runs before leaving after the fourth inning with a blister.

Cliff Lee (14-8) pitched seven sharp innings in the second game.

Bob Wickman got three outs for his 13th save in 14 chances. David Riske (7-3) gave up Cuddyer's hit in the first game.

The teams were tied at 5 after 11 innings Saturday when play was halted at 2:33 p.m. because the Metrodome field needed to be converted for a college football game between Penn State and Minnesota.

Orioles 3, Red Sox 2

BALTIMORE -- Miguel Tejada drove in his major league-leading 150th run, and the Red Sox found out they'll be opening the playoffs in Anaheim.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona substituted liberally throughout the game in order to rest his regulars for the postseason. Starter Derek Lowe, who will used out of the bullpen in the first playoff series, gave up one run in two innings before being lifted.

Bruce Chen (2-1) pitched three innings of one-hit relief. B.J. Ryan got four outs for his third save.

Baltimore took a 3-2 lead in the fifth with an unearned run off Scott Williamson (0-1).

Johnny Damon's double in the fourth was Boston's 373rd of the season, matching a major league record.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO -- Bernie Williams hit a tiebreaking homer off Josh Towers (9-9) in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees learned they will host Minnesota on Tuesday in the opening round of the playoffs.

New York finished 101-61, joining Atlanta (1997-99), Baltimore (1969-71) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1929-31) as the only teams with three straight 100-win seasons. The Yankees went 103-58 in 2002 and 101-61 last year.

Yankees manager Joe Torre hinted he might keep 11 pitchers on his roster for the first round, including Kevin Brown and Orlando Hernandez. El Duque has been bothered by a tired arm in his last two starts.

That decision could mean Jason Giambi won't be included. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday -- fanning with the bases loaded and two outs in the first -- and is 4-for-33 (.121) since he was activated from the disabled list.

Scott Proctor (2-1) pitched the seventh inning for the win in relief of Brad Halsey, who allowed one run and five hits in five innings.

White Sox 5, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Contreras took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and ended Chicago's season with eight strong innings.

Kansas City set a team record for losses by going 58-104, breaking the mark set when the Royals went 62-100 in 2000.

Contreras (13-9) did not allow a hit until Ruben Gotay singled to right leading off the seventh, ending a streak of 16 straight batters retired. The right-hander allowed two hits in eight innings, struck out four and walked two.

Zack Greinke (8-11) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He went 0-2 in his last four starts.

Kansas City was shut out 13 times, matching Tampa Bay for the most in the American League.

Devil Rays 7, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Tampa Bay set a franchise record with their 70th victory.

Detroit (72-90) bounced back with a relatively respectable season -- improving by 29 victories -- after losing an AL-record 119 games in 2003.

Matt Diaz hit a two-run triple in a four-run third inning. John Halama (7-6) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks through five innings.

Nate Robertson (12-10) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits while striking out six in five innings.

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