Todd Stottlemyre is trying to win this AL West race all by himself.
The Texas Rangers took a one-game lead over Anaheim in baseball's last division chase as Stottlemyre beat the Angels for the second time in a week, 9-1 Monday night.Texas won the opener of the three-game series at Anaheim behind Stottlemyre (5-4). Picked up from St. Louis on the day of the July 31 trading deadline, he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Angels.
"You pitch well against a club and then you have to face them five days later, that makes you nervous before the game. My stomach was churning," Stottlemyre said.
Rusty Greer had four hits for Texas and Juan Gonzalez drove in two runs, giving him 156 RBIs. Royce Clayton, acquired with Stottlemyre from the Cardinals, had two hits.
BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 1: Roger Clemens earned his 20th victory, winning his 15th straight decision and striking out 15 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cal Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
Clemens (20-6) has the longest winning streak in the majors since Gaylord Perry won 15 in a row for Cleveland in 1974.
Ripken, whose streak of playing 2,632 consecutive games ended Sunday night, returned to the Orioles lineup and had two hits off Clemens.
Ripken passed Babe Ruth for 34th on the career list with 2,875 hits.
RED SOX 4, DEVIL RAYS 3 (1ST); DEVIL RAYS 8, RED SOX 4 (2ND): Boston moved a bit closer toward the wild-card spot by winning the opener at Fenway Park but fell to 7-14 in September by dropping the second game.
Tom Gordon extended his single-season major league record by converting his 40th straight save chance in the first game. Bret Saberhagen (15-7) was the winner.
Bubba Trammell homered and drove in five runs in the second game.
INDIANS 4, YANKEES 1: Enrique Wilson hit his first major league grand slam, and Cleveland won at Yankee Stadium in a matchup of AL division champions.
The Indians and New York have split eight games this season and have three remaining. The teams are unlikely to meet in the opening round of the playoffs.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 1: Jim Abbott improved to 4-0 on his comeback, pitching six neat innings as Chicago won at the Metrodome.
Minnesota's Paul Molitor tied Eddie Collins for eighth place on the career hits list with 3,315.
TIGERS 7, ROYALS 5: Rob Fick, called up from the minors during the weekend, and Bobby Higginson homered as Detroit won at Kansas City.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 2: Pinch-hitter Rob Ducey doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Seattle beat Oakland at the Kingdome.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-4 and stayed at 53 home runs.
REDS 8, PHILLIES 5: Called to pinch-hit with the bases loaded, Tony Tarasco hit his first major league grand slam.
It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for the Reds since Lenny Harris did it on Aug. 31, 1996, against Florida.
GIANTS 8, PIRATES 1: Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer, and Orel Hershiser (10-10) pitched seven strong innings to break a six-start winless streak.
The Giants moved within 31/2 games of the idle New York Mets in the NL wild-card race with their fourth victory in five games.