AL CapsulesBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Sep. 22, 2013 9:00 PM ET
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had solo shots and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 Sunday.
The A's, who had MLB's fourth-lowest opening day payroll at about $65 million, clinched their 16th division crown and 25th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City earlier.
Sonny Gray (4-3) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Oswaldo Arcia homered and drove in six runs for Minnesota. Cole De Vries (0-1) was the loser.
RAYS 3, ORIOLES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Enny Romero combined with five relievers on a three-hitter in his major league debut, two days watching Tampa Bay's 18-inning win at home in the Dominican Republic and tweeting he was ready to pitch the following afternoon.
The 22-year-old left-hander allowed one hit and four walks in 4 2-3 shutout innings. Brandon Gomes (3-1) followed and struck out Manny Machado with a runner on second.
Tampa Bay remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL wild-card race, and Texas dropped 1½ games behind the Indians for the second berth, with Kansas City trailing the Indians by 3½, the Yankees by four and Baltimore by 4½ entering the final week.
Scott Feldman (5-5) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
INDIANS 9, ASTROS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland became the first team since the 1961 Yankees to sweep six four-game series in the same season.
Carlos Santana homered for the Indians and Corey Kluber (10-5) dodged trouble throughout 5 1-3 innings.
Houston lost its season-high ninth straight and fell to a major league-worst 51-105. Erik Bedard (4-12) lost for the ninth time in 10 decisions.
ROYALS 4, RANGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Justin Maxwell ended Kansas City's home season with a two-out grand slam in the 10th off former Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-strike double leading off the 10th against Neal Cotts (5-3). Soria intentionally walked Billy Butler, and an infield single by Salvador Perez loaded the bases.
Tim Collins (3-6) pitched a perfect 10th.
GIANTS 2, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — After honoring Mariano Rivera in a pregame ceremony and celebrating Andy Pettitte's last regular-season home start, the Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim.
But Ehire Adrianza tied the score in the sixth with his first career home run. Leaving to standing ovations and a curtain call after Pedro Sandoval's leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson.
New York is danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. Javier Lopez (4-2) relieved Yusmeiro Petit with two on and one out in the seventh and struck out two, and Sergio Romo pitched a hitless ninth for his 36th save.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers fell short in their effort to clinch the AL Central during their final homestand, and their magic number for the division title remained at two.
Erik Johnson (2-2) allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings in his fourth career start, and the White Sox held on a day after blowing a six-run, ninth-inning lead in a 7-6 loss in 12.
Anibal Sanchez (14-8) yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, his first defeat since July 19.
Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers. Detroit was without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has been bothered by groin soreness.
MARINERS 3, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start — a game delayed twice by bees.
Both teams retreated to their dugouts during a 23-minute delay in the third inning when a swarm of bees invaded the outfield at the Big A, hovering over right-centerfield near the wall. Bees briefly delayed the game again in the fourth inning before they dispersed.
C.J. Wilson (17-7) pitched eight-hit ball into the ninth inning but lost for the first time since July 5 against Boston, ending a streak that saw him go 9-0 over 13 starts. Oliver Perez (3-3) struck out the side in the fifth after relieving Hernandez.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 2
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and Felix Doubront (11-6) gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings in his last start before moving to the bullpen for the playoffs.
R.A. Dickey (13-13) pitched a six-hitter with a season-high 11 strikeouts in his third complete game this year.