Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to move within three of tying the single-season record, and the Seattle Mariners pounded Tim Hudson in a 7-2 victory over the host Oakland Athletics last night.
The A's fell into a first-place tie in the West with Anaheim as the Angels won, 8-2, at Texas.
Oakland dropped out of sole possession of first place for the first time in 54 days, since the team was a half-game behind Texas Aug. 5.
Bret Boone hit a two-run homer and Jeremy Reed had a double among his three hits and also drove in a run.
Gil Meche (7-6) won his third straight decision to beat the A's for the first time in nine career starts. Greg Dobbs added two hits and two RBIs for Seattle (61-96), trying to avoid the club's first 100-loss season since 1983.
Suzuki led off the game with a double to right-center, then singled to start the fifth. He finished 2 for 5 and needs four hits in Seattle's final five games to break George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season.
Suzuki had a .211 career average entering against Hudson (12-6), who has just one win in his past five starts. Suzuki has an eight-game hitting streak -- all on the road -- and is batting .486 (18 for 37) during the stretch.
The Mariners tagged Hudson for three runs on four hits in the first inning -- Suzuki's double, Edgar Martinez's RBI single to center, a double by Raul Ibanez, and Reed's run-scoring single.
Hudson (12-6) allowed seven runs on 11 hits in six innings, struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Angels 8, Rangers 2 -- Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4 for 5 as Anaheim drubbed Texas.
The Angels never trailed in their fourth straight win after Guerrero's two-out solo homer in the first. It was 8-0 after his 36th homer, a three-run shot in the sixth.
The Rangers fell three games behind Anaheim and Oakland with five left. Texas has lost four of five since sweeping three games from the Athletics last week.
Kelvim Escobar (11-12), pitching on three days' rest, allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings to win for the first time in four starts against Texas this season. He struck out three and walked one.
Garret Anderson and Dallas McPherson also homered for the Angels, who have two games left in Texas before a season-ending three-game series in Oakland.
Elsewhere -- Eric Munson hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Detroit . . . Ryan Ludwick, Ronnie Belliard, and Casey Blake homered to power Cleveland past host Kansas City, 5-1, the Royals' 100th loss of the season.. . .
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne led to two rainouts.
The Twins-Yankees game in New York was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today starting at 4 p.m.
The Blue Jays-Orioles game in Baltimore also was rained out and rescheduled as part of a twin bill this afternoon at 3.