Printed on: October 04, 2012

Oakland captures AL West


ASSOCIATED PRESS

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland won the AL West title with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun two-time defending league champion Texas on Wednesday.

Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run error that put the A's (94-68) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth inning.

While Hamilton's Rangers (93-69) are headed to the new one-game, wild-card playoff, the A's get some time off before opening the division series in their first postseason appearance since 2006.

The A's needed a sweep Texas and they delivered to win their first division crown in six years and 15th in all. They overcame a five-game deficit in the final nine days and took sole possession of the West's top spot for the first time this year.

Around the NL

Nationals 5, Phillies 1: At Washington, NL East champion Washington secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating Philadelphia for their major league-high 98th victory.

ROCKIES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Jeff Francis earned his first victory in more than a month and Colorado used two unearned runs to beat Ian Kennedy to conclude disappointing seasons for both teams.

DODGERS 5, GIANTS 1: At Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw finished with a major league-leading 2.53 ERA, Adrian Gonzalez singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles ended its season a day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight year by San Francisco.

PADRES 7, BREWERS 6: At Milwaukee, Chase Headley drove in two runs, finishing the season with an NL-leading 115 RBIs for San Diego.

CARDINALS 1, REDS 0: At St. Louis, rookie right-hander Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start and Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single for St. Louis.

BRAVES 4, PIRATES 0: At Pittsburgh, Jason Heyward singled twice and scored two runs for Atlanta in the regular-season finale.

CUBS 5, ASTROS 4: At Chicago, The Astros set a franchise record for losses in a season, finishing 55-107, one more loss than last year. The Astros split the final 30 games of the season, winning five of their final seven.

METS 4, MARLINS 2: At Miami, Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer and Scott Hairston got his 20th to help New York win its season finale.

Around the AL

YANKEES 14, RED SOX 2: At New York, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the Yankees past the Red Sox for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.

RAYS 4, ORIOLES 1: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Evan Longoria homered three times and the Rays beat Baltimore, ending the Orioles' bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.

TIGERS 1, ROYALS 0: At Kansas City, Mo., Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve the Triple Crown in the AL Central-champion Tigers' victory.

WHITE SOX 9, INDIANS 0: At Cleveland, Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season and Chicago added two more in the game as the White Sox routed the Indians.

BLUE JAYS 2, TWINS 1: At Toronto, Brandon Morrow struck out a season-high 11, Omar Vizquel wrapped up his 24-year career and the Blue Jays beat the Twins to complete a three-game sweep.

MARINERS 12, ANGELS 0: At Seattle, Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners routed the Angels.