Rodriguez breaks out as Mariners triumph


ANAHEIM, California, AP

Alex Rodriguez broke out of his slump with two homers and seven RBIs as the Seattle Mariners pounded Anaheim 21-9 — the most runs ever against the Angels — to send the race for baseball’s final two playoff spots down to the wire.

With the American League West champion and a wild card berth still to be decided, only one game separates Seattle, Oakland and Cleveland heading into Sunday, the final scheduled day of the regular season.

Athletics 23, Rangers 2

In Oakland, California, Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam and Jason Giambi hit his 43rd homer as AL West-leading Oakland beat Texas in the highest scoring game in franchise history.

The A’s scored nine runs in the first inning and eight in the seventh. The Athletics remained a half-game ahead of Seattle for the division lead. The Mariners routed Anaheim 21-9.

Indians 6, Blue Jays 5 In Cleveland, Chuck Finley got his sixth win in September and Roberto Alomar hit a disputed homer as Cleveland put the pressure on Seattle and Oakland in the AL wild card race, holding on for a victory over Toronto.

Red Sox 4, Devil Rays 2 In St. Petersburg, Florida, Morgan Burkhart hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning as Boston beat Tampa Bay, ending the Devil Rays’ six-game winning streak.

White Sox 9, Royals 1 In Chicago, Rookies Kip Wells and Jon Garland, hoping to earn spots in the playoff rotation or bullpen, combined to pitch eight strong innings Saturday night as Chicago defeated Kansas City.

Tigers 6, Twins 5, 11 innings In Detrout, Dean Palmer’s single scored the winning run in the 11th inning as Detroit beat Minnesota.

Orioles 9, Yankees 1 In Baltimore, Mike Mussina, pitching what could be his final game with the Orioles, turned in a solid performance as Baltimore beat David Cone and slumping New York.