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Lackey sparks Angels past A's

Anaheim suspends Guillen for season

Troy Glaus drove in three runs to back a strong outing by John Lackey, and the Angels beat Oakland, 6-2, last night in Anaheim, Calif., to pull within one game of the West-leading A's with a week to play.

Mark Mulder (17-7) was knocked out in the fourth inning, his shortest outing this season. Oakland, which has had sole possession of the division lead since Aug. 6, dropped to 10-14 in September.

After taking two of three from the A's, Anaheim goes to Texas for a four-game series starting tonight before closing with three games in Oakland. The A's, who hold a two-game lead over the Rangers, host Seattle for four games starting tonight.

Before the game, the Angels suspended left fielder Jose Guillen for the rest of the season for an outburst after being lifted for a pinch runner a day earlier and said he would remain suspended if the team advances to the postseason. Guillen is hitting .294 with 27 homers and a career-high 104 RBIs.

Lackey (14-12) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings, evening the season series at eight games apiece.

Glaus and David Eckstein homered for Anaheim, which remained six games behind the Red Sox in the wild card race.

Mulder gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings, his second straight poor performance. On Tuesday, he lasted four innings in a 9-4 loss at Texas.

Mariners 9, Rangers 0 -- Ichiro Suzuki moved within six of the record for hits in a season, and Seattle prevented host Texas from gaining in the playoff races. Suzuki went 1 for 4 with an intentional walk. His sixth-inning single raised his total to 251 with seven games remaining to reach the record of 257, set by George Sisler in 1920.

Cha Seung Baek (2-4) allowed just three hits in eight innings, and Scott Atchison pitched the ninth to complete the three-hitter.

Baek, who threw 114 pitches in just his fifth major league start, escaped a two-on jam in the eighth when he threw a third strike past a looking Hank Blalock.

Texas fell to seven games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card race.

Twins 6, Indians 2 -- Omar Vizquel got a warm send-off in possibly his final home game for the Indians, as Minnesota reached 90 wins for the third straight season. Vizquel, the Indians' wildly popular shortstop, went 1 for 4 in the team's home finale -- perhaps his last wearing Cleveland's white jersey.

Carlos Silva (14-8) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings, improving to 4-0 in his last eight starts. Jacque Jones had two RBIs to help the playoff-bound Twins win for just the second time in six games.

Elsewhere -- Rodrigo Lopez pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and the Orioles completed their first season sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 5-0 victory in Baltimore . . . Jon Garland pitched into the ninth inning, and Wilson Valdez hit his first career homer to lead the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in Chicago . . . The series finale between the Toronto Blue Jays and Devil Rays in Tampa was canceled becuase of Hurricane Jeanne.

AL Notables

* Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki set a major league record with his 215th single.
* Mariners DH Edgar Martinez, who is retiring, got a nice ovation when he was replaced for a pinch runner after his single in the ninth.
* Travis Hughes was the 52d player used by the Rangers this year, tying a team record. They've used a team-record 30 pitchers.
* Cleveland's Omar Vizquel has not made an error in his last 52 games.
* The Indians went 44-37 at home, their first winning season at the Jake since 2001.
* It was the Tigers' second straight game without an extra-base hit.
* Baltimore's Miguel Tejada has hit in 13 straight games.
* Detroit's Brandon Inge went 0 for 3 and is in an 0-for-13 slump.
* Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire is the seventh manager to reach the 90-win plateau in each of his first three seasons and first since Davey Johnson did it with the New York Mets (1984-86).
* The Angels set a franchise season attendance record with 3,375,677, including 43,512 for last night's final regular-season home game.
* First-base umpire Ed Montague was in stable condition at am Arlington, Texas, hospital after he left the game between the Mariners and Rangers because of elevated blood pressure.

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