Texas stops record chase

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners fell one win short of setting a major league record for victories in a year, losing their regular season finale 4-3 to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

The Mariners (116-46) equaled the record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs on Saturday, but lost their final game when Rafael Palmeiro hit a go-ahead single off Jeff Nelson (4-3) in the ninth inning.

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 and finished .350 to add the AL batting title to the seven he won in Japan.

Pat Mahomes (7-6) got the last out in the eighth for the win. Jeff Zimmerman worked the ninth for his 28th save in 31 tries.

Yankees 1, Devil Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orlando Hernandez threw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his bid to make the postseason roster and New York beat Tampa Bay.

Hernandez (4-7), who has complained of a tired right arm, made his first appearance since Sept. 29. He allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two in his final tuneup before Game 4 of the playoffs against Oakland.

Mike Mussina, the scheduled Game 3 starter, allowed an infield hit and struck out four over four scoreless innings in his final outing of the regular season.

Clay Bellinger made it 1-0 with an eighth-inning solo homer off Jesus Colome (2-3).

Athletics 6, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barry Zito (17-8) won his ninth straight start as playoff-bound Oakland concluded the regular schedule with a win over Anaheim.

Eric Chavez set Oakland single-season records for homers (32) and RBIs (114) by a third baseman with one swing for the wild card Athletics (102-60).

The Athletics led the majors with a 58-17 mark after the All-Star break (.773) -- the second-best in major league history behind the 1954 Cleveland Indians (.775).

Twins 8, White Sox 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke (15-11) earned his 15th victory and Matthew LeCroy drove in two runs with a pair of doubles for Minnesota.

After eight straight losing years, the Twins (85-77) finished second in the AL Central -- six games behind Cleveland.

Corey Koskie had two hits, scored three runs and drove in three to finish with 103 RBIs -- Minnesota's first 100-RBI man since 1996.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO -- C.C. Sabathia (17-5) allowed one hit over five innings in a playoff tuneup and Cleveland beat Toronto.

Russell Branyan hit his 20th home run as the Indians ended a four-game losing skid. The Indians, who clinched the AL Central last Sunday, start their first-round series against Seattle on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays (80-82) finished with their first losing season since 1997.

Royals 10, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Carlos Beltran hit a grand slam and a two-run homer as Kansas City beat Detroit.

The Royals (65-97) and the Tigers (66-96) finished with losing records for unprecedented eighth consecutive years.

The Royals avoided the worst record in club history, but tied the team mark for losses set in 1970 and matched in 1999. Detroit had its worst season since 1998, when the Tigers lost 98 games.

Blake Stein (7-8) pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on two hits.

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