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Ichiro's hit isn't enough

Oakland's Bobby Crosby celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the ninth inning Thursday.
Oakland's Bobby Crosby celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the ninth inning Thursday.
Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ichiro Suzuki got his 256th hit to move within one of George Sisler's record, but Bobby Crosby homered in the ninth to give Oakland a 3-2 victory over Seattle Thursday.

The A's (90-69) moved back into a tie with the Anaheim Angels atop the AL West, and there won't be a one-game playoff, either. The division champion will be determined in a season-ending three-game series at the Coliseum.

Suzuki had a run-scoring single in the third inning, pulling him within one hit of tying Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257. Suzuki went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Octavio Dotel (6-2) pitched the ninth for the victory, striking out Suzuki with a 3-2 fastball.

With one out in the ninth, Crosby pounded a pitch from Scott Atchison (2-3) over the high fence in left for his 22nd homer. Jermaine Dye also homered for the A's, who fell out of first for the first time since Aug. 5.

RANGERS 6, ANGELS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a pair of singles, and Texas won its home finale a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.

Gonzalez, a rookie first baseman getting his first start since April, hit a two-run single that chased erratic John Lackey (14-13) in a four-run outburst in the fifth that gave Texas a 5-1 lead.

Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-4 with two more homers for the Angels (90-69), who are tied with Oakland for the AL West lead and finish the regular season with three games there this weekend.

Chris Young (3-3) allowed just four hits over six innings with six strikeouts for Texas, which snapped a four-game losing streak R.A. Dickey pitched the ninth for his first save.

TIGERS 8-4, DEVIL RAYS 0-6: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Toby Hall hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lead Tampa Bay to a split of its doubleheader against Detroit.

With the Tigers leading 4-3 in the eighth, Jose Cruz Jr. hit a one-out double off Craig Dingman (2-2) and went to third on Jorge Cantu's base hit. Geoff Blum followed with a single to right to tie. Jamie Walker came in and got Carl Crawford to fly out, but Hall doubled into the left-field corner to make it 6-4.

Travis Harper (6-2) picked up the win despite giving up two runs and two hits in one inning. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

Jeremy Bonderman (11-13) threw a four-hitter and Ivan Rodriguez hit his 250th career homer to lead the Tigers past the Devil Rays in the opener.

Brandon Inge had an RBI double in the second before Rodriguez made it 3-0 with a two-run homer an inning later. Rodriguez is one RBI away from 1,000 for his career.

Dewon Brazelton (6-8) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay.

YANKEES 6, TWINS 4: At New York, Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and the Yankees clinched their seventh straight AL East title with their 100th victory of the season. Williams connected with one out to set off an enthusiastic celebration.

Williams' homer was the Yankees' major-league leading 241st of the season, and they broke the franchise record set in 1961. Hideki Matsui and John Olerud also homered for New York.

New York became just the fourth team to post three straight 100-win seasons.

Tom Gordon (9-4) pitched one inning for the win. Aaron Fultz (3-3) took the loss in a game the Twins led on three separate occasions.

ORIOLES 9, BLUE JAYS 3: At Baltimore, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs to boost his major league-leading RBIs total to 146 for Baltimore. Tejada's RBIs total is second-most in major league history by a shortstop behind Vern Stephens' 159 for Boston in 1949. Tejada has four homers and 15 RBIs in his last eight games.

Blue Jays starter Josh Towers (9-8) allowed four runs and six hits in two-plus innings, his shortest outing of the year. The right-hander, who pitched for the Orioles in 2001-02, is 0-4 in five decisions since beating Baltimore twice in succession last month.

Matt Riley (3-4) gave up three runs and three hits in five innings. He went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against Toronto this season. Baltimore (77-81) took three of four from Toronto to move within four games of .500 for the first time since Aug. 17. The last-place Blue Jays, who fell a season-high 28 games under .500 at 65-93.

WHITE SOX 9, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season to lead the White Sox. Buehrle (16-10) retired 18 straight after giving up two runs in the second inning. He struck out a season-high eight and walked none in handing the Royals their sixth consecutive loss. Buehrle set the franchise record for innings pitched in a season with 245 1/3.

He surpassed Bartolo Colon's record of 242 established last year.

Aaron Rowand hit a three-run home run in a five-run eighth for Chicago. Jamie Burke and Willie Harris added RBI singles.

Joe Borchard broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a solo home run to left-center field off reliever Shawn Camp (2-2), his eighth of the year. Juan Uribe went 3-for-5 with his 23rd homer and added an RBI single.