Facebook Twitter

5 teams are battling for AL wild-card spot

SHARE 5 teams are battling for AL wild-card spot

Indians 12, Mariners 4

The AL wild-card race has gotten, well . . . it's gotten a bit wild of late.

"At this point, every game and every series is important," Cleveland's Kenny Lofton said after hitting two homers and driving in a career-high six runs as the Indians beat Seattle 12-4 Sunday to stay within one game of the wild-card lead and hand the Mariners their eighth straight loss.

The tightening race has five teams within 3 1/2 games of the lead with six weeks remaining in the season.

"We are trying to go out and win every game because that is the only way we are going to stay in this race," Lofton added.

Oakland, the leader by one game over Cleveland and Boston, rebounded from two straight ugly losses in Detroit to beat the Tigers 5-4 on Nelson Cruz's wild pitch in the 11th inning.

"Obviously it's big," said Ben Grieve, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. "Any win now is huge for us, and after the first two games here we needed something."

The Red Sox dropped a game back with a 6-2 loss at home to Texas.

Anaheim rallied to beat the Yankees 5-4 to stay within three games of the lead, and David Wells won his major league-leading 18th game, 6-3 over Minnesota, to keep Toronto 3 1/2 games back.

INDIANS 12, MARINERS 4: Lofton led off with a homer off Aaron Sele (13-8) and hit a grand slam in the third at Jacobs Field as Seattle stayed on its longest skid since dropping 14 straight in 1992.

The Mariners have allowed at least nine runs in the last seven losses, tying a 99-year-old major league record set by the New York Giants.

ATHLETICS 5, TIGERS 4 (11): Oakland snapped a seven-game road losing streak to move within two games of Seattle in the AL West.

Dean Palmer hit a tying three-run homer in the eighth for the Tigers (60-62).

RANGERS 6, RED SOX 2: Doug Davis (5-4) pitched a nine-hitter for his first career complete game, and Frank Catalanotto drove in three runs for Texas.

Catalanotto, 0-for-9 in the first three games of the series, gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with a two-run double off Jeff Fassero (8-7) in the fifth.

ANGELS 5, YANKEES 4: Kevin Stocker blooped a tiebreaking single and Anaheim, shut out on two hits for six innings by David Cone, broke loose against New York's bullpen.

Tim Salmon hit a two-run homer and Adam Kennedy and Stocker had RBI singles as the Angels scored four times in the seventh.

BLUE JAYS 6, TWINS 3: Wells (18-5) pitched a nine-hitter at Toronto to equal his career high in wins, previously done in 1998 with the New York Yankees. The 18 wins are the most by a Blue Jays left-hander.

Wells walked none and struck out seven in his seventh complete game of the year.

DEVIL RAYS 12, WHITE SOX 11: Jason Tyner's RBI double in the ninth capped Tampa Bay's rally from a four-run deficit. The Devil Rays, who led 6-2 before battling back from 10-6, tied it at 11 when Bobby Smith led off the ninth against Keith Foulke (3-1) with his fourth homer.

ORIOLES 2, ROYALS 1: Sidney Ponson (7-8) allowed one run in eight innings and Jeff Conine doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth.