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Angels clinch…Royals inch closer to Tigers

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(AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are the third major league team to win its division, two nights after becoming the first to wrap up a postseason berth.

C.J. Wilson retired his first 14 batters and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as the AL West champs blanked the Seattle Mariners 5-0. David Freese snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the Angels’ five-run seventh before C.J. Cron smacked a three-run homer.

The Mariners fell two games off the AL wild-card pace.

Oakland actually eliminated itself from the AL West race and fell into a tie with Kansas City for the two AL wild-card berths. J.P. Arencibia smacked a tiebreaking, three-run homer off John Doolittle in the ninth inning to lead Texas past the Athletics 6-1. The A’s were two outs from a 1-0 win until Rougned Odor hit an RBI double.

Baseball’s closest division race got a little tighter. Just a half-game separates the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers from the Kansas City Royals.

Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer and Nori Aoki went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as the Royals thumped the Chicago White Sox 6-2. Aoki went 11-for-14 with four ribbies in the series as Kansas City took two of three from the Pale Hose.

Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura allowed a run and three hits while seven strikeouts in seven innings.

In Minnesota, Brian Dozier, Danny Santana and Joe Mauer each had two RBIs and combined for seven of the Twins’ 13 hits in an 8-4 triumph over Detroit, the Tigers’ second straight loss. The Twins trailed 4-3 in the sixth until Santana and Mauer sandwiched RBI doubles around Mauer’s run-scoring triple.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Tigers, but David Price was tagged for five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— St. Louis still enjoys a 2 ½-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central after Adam Wainwright became the majors’ second 19-game winner in the Cardinals’ 2-0 shutout of Milwaukee. Matt Adam and Jhonny Peralta each hit RBI singles in the seventh to back Wainwright, who surrendered seven hits in his fifth complete game of the season. The outcome drops the Brewers 2 ½ games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card berth.

— Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker hit solo homers before Ike Davis belted a three-run shot in Pittsburgh’s 9-1 romp over Boston. Francisco Liriano helped the Pirates take a step toward their second straight NL wild-card berth, holding the Red Sox to a run and three hits in six innings.

— Justin Morneau had six RBIs, including a three-run homer and a two-run single while Colorado was scoring eight times in the first inning of a 16-2 laugher against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon went 5-for-5 with a solo homer and four runs scored as the last-place Rockies took the rubber match of their three-game set with the first-place Dodgers.

— The Giants are within two games of the NL West-leading Dodgers after Matt Duffy hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning to lift San Francisco over the Diamondbacks 4-2 in Arizona. Brandon Crawford was 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

— Atlanta beat Washington 3-1 behind Alex Wood, who held the NL East champs to a run and five hits while striking out eight in six innings. The Braves did their scoring on Christian Bethancourt’s two-run single, with a third run scoring on shortstop Danny Espinosa’s throwing error.

— Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Toronto as Steve Pearce homered twice and collected four RBIs to lead the Orioles’ 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. Bud Norris allowed two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings for his 14th win.

— Carlos Carrasco was terrific in Cleveland’s 2-0 shutout of Houston, striking out 11 while allowing just two hits in his first complete game since 2011. Yan Gomes accounted for the scoring with an RBI single and a run-scoring triple.

— Derek Jeter snapped his 0-for-28 skid with a single and scored the eventual winning run in the New York Yankees’ 3-2 triumph over Tampa Bay. Brandon McCarthy improved to 7-4 since joining the Yankees, limiting the Rays to two runs and four hits in seven innings.

— Henderson Alvarez is 11-6 after yielding eight hits but just two runs in six innings of Miami’s 4-3 win over the Mets in New York. Donovan Solano was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the rubber match of the three-game set.

— Rookie Kyle Hendricks gave up a run and seven hits in seven innings to pitch the Cubs past Cincinnati 3-1 in Chicago. Hendricks is 7-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 12 starts.

— Ben Revere hit a two-run double and Freddy Galvis slapped a two-run single in the fifth inning of Philadelphia’s 5-2 win at San Diego. Cole Hamels recorded nine strikeouts while holding the Padres to a run and seven hits in seven frames.

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