The Anaheim Angels are keeping it close in the AL West.

Garret Anderson hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, Darin Erstad had a three-run homer and the Angels beat Oakland 5-3 Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., to move within two games of the division-leading Athletics again.

"If we had dropped four back with eight games left, that would have been a huge deficit," Erstad said. "So we gave ourselves a chance."

The Angels began the day tied with Texas for second place in the AL West. Both teams were six behind Boston in the wild-card race.

The Angels — like the A's — have been struggling, with both clubs under .500 for the month.

Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia, asked if he thought the win might put his team over the hump, said, "You hope so."

"We've got to carry this into tomorrow and keep plugging away," he said.

Mark Mulder, who leads the Oakland staff with 17 wins, will pitch against John Lackey in today's series finale. The Angels and A's close out the regular season in Oakland next weekend. A's manager Ken Macha expects the race to still be going.

"If anybody writes that this thing is going to be over in the next three or four days, they're wrong," Macha said. "This thing is going to go right down to the end.

"I don't see any team on a five-game winning streak or a five-game losing streak."

Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer for the Athletics, who won the series opener Friday night.

Anderson greeted Ricardo Rincon with a liner down the right-field line, giving Anaheim a 4-3 lead. Rincon had just replaced Chad Bradford (5-7), who hit Jose Guillen with a pitch leading off the inning.

RANGERS 5, MARINERS 4: At Arlington, Texas, Michael Young hit a tying triple in the seventh off Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-6) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Mench, whose sixth-inning homer off Ryan Franklin began the comeback from a 4-2 deficit. The Rangers have won six of seven and 11 of 15. Ichiro Suzuki's two-run single gave him 250 hits, seven shy of George Sisler's 84-year-old major league record with eight games remaining. Suzuki went 1-for-5 and is batting a major league-leading .374.

INDIANS 5, TWINS 3: At Cleveland, after Jacque Jones hit a two-run double off Bob Howry (4-1) for a 3-2 lead in the eighth, Josh Phelps tied the score with two outs in the bottom half off J.C. Romero (7-3) with his first career pinch homer. Victor Martinez and Ben Brossard then walked, and Coco Crisp hit a two-run double. Minnesota dropped to 1-4 since the Twins clinched their third straight AL Central title.

DEVIL RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 5: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Geoff Blum hit a winning sacrifice fly in the ninth off Miguel Batista (10-13). With a 9:15 p.m. curfew imposed because of Hurricane Jeanne, both teams came out swinging in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 20 minutes and ended at 8:36 p.m. Today's series finale was canceled because of the hurricane.

ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 0: At Baltimore, Matt Riley (2-4) won for the first time since April 16 by allowing two hits in six innings for Baltimore, which got its eighth shutout this season. Buddy Groom threw a scoreless seventh, Jason Grimsley pitched a perfect eighth and B.J. Ryan got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the ninth for his second save.

WHITE SOX 5, ROYALS 1: At Chicago, Mark Buehrle (15-10) pitched a four-hitter for his third complete games, and Jose Valentin and Carlos Lee homered for Chicago.