OAKLAND, Calif. -- 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.
RAYS 3, ORIOLES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- 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.
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
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
Tim Collins (3-6) pitched a perfect 10th.
GIANTS 2, YANKEES 1
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 -- 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.
MARINERS 3, ANGELS 2
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
R.A. Dickey (13-13) pitched a six-hitter with a season-high 11 strikeouts in his third complete game this year.
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