Cal Ripken's consecutive games streak may be history, but the Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers are just getting started.
Anaheim beat Seattle 3-1 to tie Texas for the AL West lead, with the Rangers in town tonight for the start of a three-game series."We played 155 to come to this," Angels manager Terry Collins said. "I know a lot of days we've talked about watching the scoreboard, see-ing what the Rangers were doing. Now it's in our yard, in our hands."
Texas ended its home schedule with a 6-3 loss to Oakland.
"It's one of our most disappointing losses," manager Johnny Oates said after the Rangers made four errors in their second straight loss to the Athletics. "It was not one of our better cerebral ballgames. We didn't play smart, and you've got to catch the ball."
Collins switched his rotation, with knuckleballer Steve Sparks (9-3), who threw just 53 pitches in Anaheim's 7-6 loss at Texas on Thursday, scheduled to start tonight against Todd Stottlemyre (4-4).
At Anaheim, Omar Olivares (9-8) held Seattle to one run on eight hits in six-plus innings. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 42nd save.
Anaheim took a 3-0 lead in the third off Paul Abbott (2-1). Randy Velarde had a sacrifice fly, and Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon hit RBI singles.
At Arlington, Jason Giambi and Ben Grieve homered and Kenny Rogers (15-8) held Texas to three runs in five innings. T.J. Mathews pitched 22/3 scoreless innings, and Billy Taylor got four outs for his 32nd save.
WHITE SOX 6, RED SOX 4: At Chicago, Frank Thomas and Albert Belle hit RBI doubles in the seventh as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of Boston, cutting the Red Sox's wild-card lead over Toronto to four games.
Ray Durham homered for Chicago, and Mo Vaughn hit his 37th for Boston.
BLUE JAYS 7, DEVIL RAYS 5 : At St. Petersburg, Fla., Benito Santiago hit a two-out, two-run single off Albie Lopez (7-4) to push Toronto past Tampa Bay.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3: At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon won for the first time since Aug. 17, and Indians rookie Einar Diaz homered and drove in three runs.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 0: At Detroit, Benj Sampson pitched six shutout innings in his first major league start to help Minnesota snap a 10-game losing streak.
REDS 7, CUBS 3: Bret Boone hit three home runs, though the last one was disputed, and Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep at Chicago.
Sosa received a car in pregame festivities but did not homer for the fourth straight game. He is 0-for-17 since hitting a grand slam last Wednesday.
Boone hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and a three-run drive in the fifth. In the eighth, the Cubs argued that Boone's two-run homer down the left-field line should have been called foul.
Fans littered the field with debris to protest third-base umpire Harry Wendelstedt's call, and Chicago manager Jim Riggleman was ejected. TV replays were inconclusive.
METS 5, MARLINS 0: John Olerud got two more hits, and the Mets moved ahead of Chicago in the wild-card race.
Olerud went 2-for-2, homering and doubling to give him nine straight hits, tying the team record set by Jose Vizcaino in 1996. The NL record is 10, last accomplished by Bip Roberts.
Olerud also walked twice, and now has reached base in 14 straight plate appearances. Barry Bonds set the NL record of 15 earlier this season and Ted Williams holds the major league mark of 16.
Al Leiter (17-5) won his fifth straight decision and set a career high for victories. He allowed five hits and struck out nine in eight innings.
ASTROS 2, PIRATES 0: Richard Hidalgo put up his second two-homer game against Pittsburgh in three weeks and Shane Reynolds pitched seven scoreless innings for visiting Houston.
The Astros won their 99th game, and have five tries left at recording the first 100-win season in team history.
DODGERS 1, GIANTS 0: Carlos Perez pitched a four-hitter for his fourth straight complete game and Los Angeles won on the road. San Francisco, which had won three in a row, dropped four games behind New York in the wild-card race.
Perez's streak is the longest by a Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser threw five consecutive complete games in 1988.
BRAVES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Rookie Bruce Chen, taking Kevin Millwood's place in the rotation, pitched seven strong innings and Atlanta won at Arizona.
Chen, a 21-year-old left-hander, allowed three hits and struck out five in his third major league start. He pitched while Millwood prepared to work out of the bullpen in the postseason.
ROCKIES 1, PADRES 0 (OT): Darryl Kile pitched 10 scoreless innings, and Darryl Hamilton hit an RBI single in the 11th as Colorado won at San Diego.
Kile (13-16) gave up just three hits. Padres starter Kevin Brown allowed four hits in nine innings.
Larry Walker, who did not start because of a sore lower back, doubled to raise his league-leading average to .356.
PHILLIES 6, EXPOS 3: Paul Byrd retired the first 10 batters and pitched 61/3 effective innings as Philadelphia beat visiting Montreal.