Toronto keeps winning and Milwaukee keeps winning, which means Oakland will keep waiting.
The AL East got only a little closer to being settled as the Blue Jays beat Boston 5-2 on Tuesday night and the Brewers topped Seattle 7-4 later on. Despite cutting its magic number to three, Toronto must still nervously glance behind at the Brewers, who seem to have chosen not to lose."We did the things again tonight that we're supposed to do to win games," Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said. "We're keeping the pressure on, and we're doing it by playing good, sound baseball."
Milwaukee won its seventh straight and 15th in 17 games to remain 21/2 games back of Toronto, which has won a not-too-shabby 8 of 11 itself. The Brewers have five games left, the Blue Jays four.
"We're not even thinking about Milwaukee," said Jimmy Key, who won his fifth straight start for Toronto to run his career September record to 26-11. "If we win three games, it doesn't matter what they do."
What they did against Seattle was get a club record-tying nine doubles and watch rookie Cal Eldred (10-1) win his 10th straight game, tying a club mark set by Chris Bosio last week.
"The thing I'm ecstatic about is this team's run down the stretch," said Eldred, 6-0 in September with a 1.17 ERA.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2
Key (13-13) gave up six hits in 6 2-3 innings and Devon White had three hits and scored twice at SkyDome.
Tom Henke pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.
Toronto led 3-0 in the first on Joe Carter's sacrifice fly and RBI doubles by Dave Winfield and Candy Maldonado off Danny Darwin (9-9).
Brewers 7, Mariners 4
Dave Nilsson had an RBI double in the second, and Milwaukee added three more runs in the third on Yount's run-scoring double and a two-run double by Kevin Seitzer.
RBI doubles by Molitor and Yount made it 6-1 in the fourth, and Greg Vaughn's double drove in Milwaukee's final run.
Seattle's Jay Buhner had his 25th homer.
Athletics 5, Rangers 0
Jose Canseco returned to Oakland but did not play as his former team celebrated the A's fourth AL West title in five seasons before defeating Texas.
Canseco, traded away Aug. 31 for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell, was kept out with a bad back and sore shoulder.
Mike Moore (16-12) and Jeff Parrett combined on a four-hitter as Oakland ended a three-game losing streak. The A's were off Monday when they clinched the division as the Chicago White Sox eliminated the Minnesota Twins.
Indians 4, Yankees 3
At Cleveland, Charles Nagy (17-10) won his fourth straight start and Albert Belle hit his 34th home run, a solo shot off Scott Kamieniecki (6-13) to snap a 3-all tie in the sixth.
Orioles 7, Tigers 2
At Detroit, Ben McDonald (13-13) won for the first time in eight starts since Aug. 12, combining on a four-hitter for Baltimore.
Twins 5, White Sox 4
Minnesota scored four runs in the ninth to avoid falling into a second-place tie with visiting Chicago.
Shortstop Esteban Beltre's throwing error let Bernardo Brito score from second, capping the failure of Bobby Thigpen and Scott Radinsky to save Jack McDowell's 21st victory.
Royals 2, Angels 0
Dennis Rasmussen held California to one hit, continuing his stellar performance for Kansas City since arriving from Triple-A Omaha on Sept. 10.