OAKLAND, Calif. – Juan Rivera hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the sixth, John Lackey pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels prevented Oakland from winning the AL West on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over the Athletics.

Oakland’s magic number to clinch its first division title since 2003 remained at two, so the A’s could still do it at home with a win in Sunday’s series finale. They lead Los Angeles by seven games with eight to go, including the final four against the Angels in Anaheim.

Twins 8, Orioles 5

BALTIMORE – Torii Hunter hit his 29th homer, Rondell White had four hits and Minnesota took advantage of some sloppy defense in a victory over Baltimore.

Erik Bedard (15-10) allowed a career-high 12 hits and three earned runs in 4 2-3 innings.

White Sox 11, Mariners 7

CHICAGO – Paul Konerko hit a go-ahead homer in a five-run eighth inning and Chicago rallied after a long rain delay to beat Seattle.

Konerko hit the third pitch from reliever Joel Pineiro (8-13) for a two-run homer, his 33rd.

Phillies 8, Marlins 6

PHILADELPHIA – Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Conine each drove in three runs, Jon Lieber pitched seven solid innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins.

The Phillies (81-73) have won nine of 11. They began the day a half-game behind Los Angeles in the NL wild-card standings.

Mets 12, Nationals 6

NEW YORK – David Wright’s three-run homer capped a six-run fifth inning, and New York rallied past Washington.

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson broke his right leg in a collision with right fielder Austin Kearns during the eighth.

Astros 7, Cardinals 4

HOUSTON – Luke Scott hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the ninth inning to give Houston a victory over St. Louis.

The Cardinals’ magic number for clinching the NL Central title remained at five.

Brewers 10, Giants 8

MILWAUKEE – Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run to break Hank Aaron’s NL record, but Milwaukee rallied past San Francisco.

Bonds hit a solo shot off Chris Capuano over the right-center fence in the third inning, just out of the reach of outfielders Brady Clark and Corey Hart.

The Brewers scored twice in the eighth to break an 8-all tie.

and win their fourth straight game overall.

The loss was the seventh in eight games for the fading Giants. Jack Taschner (0-1) took the loss.

Jose Capellan (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Cordero worked a scoreless ninth to convert his 15th save 15 chances with Milwaukee.

Cubs 11, Reds 4

CINCINNATI – Carlos Zambrano hit his sixth homer, tying the Cubs’ record for a pitcher, and Aramis Ramirez had a two-run shot that sparked Chicago to a victory over bumbling Cincinnati.

The Cubs took advantage of six errors by the Reds, their worst defensive game in 35 years. Cincinnati led the NL wild-card race for 46 consecutive days before unraveling in the last month.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kyle Lohse (2-5) that was his 36th of the season, matching his career high. Ramirez has 20 homers since the All-Star break.

Zambrano (16-6) gave up four runs in seven innings while matching his career high for victories. The hard-swinging pitcher also started a five-run rally in the fourth with a notable homer.

His shot off Lohse matched Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins’ team record of six homers in 1971. Zambrano’s last two hits have been homers off the Reds – he hit one against Sun-Woo Kim on Sept. 17 at Wrigley Field.

Rockies 10, Braves 9

DENVER – Kaz Matsui hit a two-run triple in a six-run third inning and Jeff Francis became the winningest lefty in Rockies history during Colorado’s frigid victory over Atlanta.

With temperatures dipping into the mid-40s, Francis (13-11) struggled with his control but still earned his 30th win for Colorado, surpassing Brian Bohanon’s team mark for left-handers.

It also was Francis’ 18th career win at Coors Field, the third-most in club history. Jason Jennings leads the way with 31.

Francis even helped his own cause with a two-run single in the second. Matt Holliday hit his 31st homer for the Rockies, off starter Kyle Davies (3-6).

Atlanta slugger Andruw Jones drove in three runs with homers No. 38 and 39 and a ground-rule double. It’s his 35th multihomer game and fifth this season. He finished 4-for-4 with a walk.

Brian Fuentes earned his 28th save in 33 chances.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.