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Angels tie Athletics at top of standings

AMERICAN BASEBALL The Angels ascended in the AL West after Anaheim trounced on Texas 8-2 and Oakland fell to Seattle 7-2


American LeagueVladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4-for-5 Tuesday as the Anaheim Angels tied Oakland for the American League West lead with an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

The Angels (89-68) never trailed in their fourth straight win after Guerrero's two-out solo homer in the first. It was 8-0 after his 36th homer, a three-run shot in the sixth.

The Athletics (89-68) lost to Seattle 7-2. The Rangers (86-71) dropped to three games back with five left.

"This thing can change momentum in a heartbeat. There's no reason to put too much stock in where we are," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The challenge is in front of us, and the opportunity is in front of us also."

Kelvim Escobar (11-12) allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings to win for the first time in four starts against Texas this season.

Park Chan-ho (3-7) gave up four runs on six hits over 4 2-3 innings. He walked four.

"Chan Ho wasn't sharp enough to be facing a team like this," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Mariners 7, Athletics 2

In Oakland, California, Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to move within three of tying the single-season record, and Oakland fell into a first-place tie with Anaheim in the AL West.

Oakland dropped out of sole possession of first place for the first time in 54 days, since the team was a half-game behind Texas on Aug. 5.

Suzuki led off the game with a double to right-center, then singled to start the fifth. He finished 2-for-5 and needs four hits in Seattle's final five games to break George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season.

Bret Boone hit a two-run homer off Tim Hudson (12-6) and Jeremy Reed had a double among his three hits and drove in a run.

Gil Meche (7-6) won his third straight decision to beat the A's for the first time in nine career starts.

Red Sox 10, Devil Rays 8

In St. Petersburg Florida, Boston crept closer to the New York Yankees in the AL East, beating Tampa Bay on Kevin Millar's two-out, two-run homer in the 11th inning.

Boston, which clinched a playoff spot Monday night, moved within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees in the division. New York was rained out and will make up its scheduled game with Minnesota as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.

The Red Sox matched their win total for last season and have won 95 in consecutive seasons for just the third time in franchise history.

Boston also climbed 33 games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 1986.

David Ortiz doubled off Danys Baez (4-4) with two outs in the 11th. Millar followed with his 18th homer on a 1-1 pitch.

Ramiro Mendoza (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Keith Foulke got three outs for his 31st save.

Tigers 6, White Sox 4

In Detroit, Eric Munson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead Detroit.

Bobby Higginson reached base in all five plate appearances with a homer, double and three walks, and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe hit one-out singles off Neal Cotts (4-4). Munson followed by lining a three-run shot just inside the right-field foul pole.

Franklyn German (1-0) got the win in relief with two perfect innings, and Esteban Yan pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the third with a tight right hamstring. The injury occurred when he was running out a single.

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