The Oakland Athletics clinched the American League West without swinging a bat or throwing a pitch.
Tim Raines drove in five runs and George Bell had three RBI Monday night to power the Chicago White Sox to a 9-4 victory over Minnesota, eliminating the Twins from the title chase.The Athletics, who were idle Monday, needed one win or one Minnesota loss to gain theif fourth divisional title in five years.
Oakland, which suffered a three-game sweep in Milwaukee over the weekend, begins a three-game series with Texas on Tuesday night. Oakland won three straight AL West crowns from 1988 through 1990.
Kirk McCaskill, 12-12, scattered five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out six in raising his career record against the Twins to 10-2.
Raines and Bell each homered and the White Sox hit a season-high six doubles in the rout, winning for the 17th time in their last 25 games to move within one game of second-place Minnesota.
Twins starter Pat Mahomes fell to 3-4, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.
Chicago broke open a scoreless game with a four-run fifth inning.
Lance Johnson singled and went to third on Ron Karkovice's double. Joey Cora then drew a one-out walk to load the bases.
Raines grounded a single up the middle, scoring two runs but Cora was thrown out by center fielder Kirby Puckett as he tried to go to third on the play. Frank Thomas lined a double off the left-field wall to make it 3-0, and scored on Bell's double for a 4-0 lead.
The Twins got a run back in the sixth on Brian Harper's RBI single.
Chicago broke it open with five runs in the seventh off reliever Mauro Gozzo when Raines belted a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, tying a career high with five RBI.
Thomas doubled and Bell followed with a two-run homer to right, his 25th, to make it 9-1.
Minnesota scored three runs off Radinsksy in the ninth on Larkin's RBI double and Lenny Webster's two-run double.
Orioles 7, Red Sox 3
At Baltimore, Leo Gomez hit a three-run double in the seventh to snap a tie and Brady Anderson homered twice and set an American League record, lifting the Orioles. Anderson homered to lead off the game, his 20th of the season. The homer made Anderson the first player in American League history to hit 20 homers, drive in 75 runs and steal 50 bases in the same season. He is the eighth player in major league history to accomplish the feat.
Indians 6, Yankees 4
At Cleveland, Carlos Martinez snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the eighth and later scored on a single by Thomas Howard to lead the Indians, who had taken a 4-0 lead in the first on back-to-back homers off Sam Militello, 3-3, by Albert Belle - a three-run shot - and Paul Sorrento.
Angels 6, Royals 5
At Anaheim, Calif., Ken Oberkfell capped a 3-for-5 night with an 11th inning bases-loaded single to drive in his third run of the game and lift the Angels. Kansas City's George Brett was forced to sit out the game due to a pulled left shoulder muscle. Brett, who has 2,996 lifetime hits, is listed as day-to-day.
Pirates 10, Cubs 3
At Chicago, Gary Varsho hit a three-run homer, Kevin Young drove in three runs, and Tom Prince added a two-run double, leading the NL East champion Pirates to their fifth straight win. Tim Wakefield, 7-1, hurled a four-hitter over seven innings, walking one and striking out two. The 26-year-old knuckleballer is 4-0 in his last seven starts with a 2.11 ERA.
Phillies 7, Mets 6 , 1st game)
Phillies 7, Mets 6, 2nd game
At New York, Ruben Amaro doubled in two runs to cap a five-run third inning in the second game, helping the Phillies complete a sweep of their doubleheader. Philadelphia has won three straight and nine of its last 10. New York has dropped six straight and is just one game in front of the last-place Phillies in the NL East.
Cardinals 4, Expos 1
At ST. Louis, Omar Olivares gave up one run in seven innings and Felix Jose singled in two runs and went 2-for-3, leading the Cardinals. Olivares, 9-9, allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three.