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Angels become first team to clinch playoff spot

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

By The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff berth this season, winning their fourth AL West title in five years Wednesday.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 56th save in closing out the Angels' 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Second-place Texas lost to Seattle 8-7 about an hour later, clinching the division for Los Angeles.

The Angels (88-57), with the best record in baseball, can now spend their final 17 games resting and setting up their rotation for the playoffs.

Robb Quinlan hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth that put the Angels ahead.

Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth and moved within one save of Bobby Thigpen's 18-year-old major league record. He threw a called third strike past Hideki Matsui with runners at first and third for the final out.

Spot starter Dustin Moseley (2-4) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three in winning for the first time since April 9 against Cleveland.

Andy Pettitte (13-13) lost for the sixth time in his last nine starts. He gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, tying his second-shortest outing of the season.

Athletics 5, Tigers 2

DETROIT (AP) -- Ryan Sweeney and Jack Cust hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for Oakland.

Sean Gallagher came off the disabled list and pitched four hitless innings for the A's, who have won four of five.

Oakland scored three runs in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Eric Patterson had an RBI single and Aaron Cunningham drove in two runs with a two-out single.

Armando Galarraga (12-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings for Detroit, extending his winless stretch to four starts.

Oakland used six relievers. Huston Street (6-5) worked a scoreless seventh to get the win and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his eighth save in as many tries.

Mariners 8, Rangers 7

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez both had four hits for Seattle.

Ibanez had three RBIs and Suzuki moved within 10 of an eighth straight season with at least 200 hits. That would tie Wee Willie Keeler for the most 200-hit seasons to start a career.

Roy Corcoran (5-0) got the win and J.J. Putz earned his 13th save.

Nelson Cruz, Taylor Teagarden and Hank Blalock hit two-run homers for Texas, which couldn't overcome a rough outing from Kevin Millwood (9-9). Chris Davis added a solo drive in the eighth.

Ibanez hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Kameron Loe in the sixth to make it 7-6 and added another run-scoring single with two outs in the seventh.

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