The 2003 race to the playoffs - 9/8

<b>AL West Standings</b>:<br> Oakland 84-60<br> Seattle 82-61 (1.5 games back) </p><p> <b>AL Wildcard Standings</b>:<br> Boston 83-60<br> Seattle 82-61 (1 game back)

The Mariners gained ground Monday without ever taking the field. Both Oakland and Boston lost.

Seattle players no doubt spent their off-day keeping tabs on the Red Sox and Athletics, each of which let their games get away in the late innings.


The A's sent Tim Hudson to the mound against Anaheim, which had former Mariner Aaron Sele on the hill. On paper, that played to the favor of Oakland.

But once the game was played the Angels showed why games aren't won or lost "on paper."

After tying the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning with a solo homer off the bat off Shawn Wooten, the Angels pushed two runs across in the eighth en route to a 3-1 win.

Hudson (14-6) took the loss, giving up three earned runs and nine hits in 7.2 innings.

Francisco Rodriguez picked up the win for Anaheim, improving to 7-2 on the season with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Troy Percival picked up his 32nd save.

Garrett Anderson led the Angels with a 3-5 day from the plate, including the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.

Scott Hatteburg had the lone RBI for Oakland, scoring Eric Chavez in the fifth.


The Red Sox entered the eighth inning up 8-5 over Baltimore, and for a team that spent much of July and August bolstering its bullpen, a three-run lead would seem safe.

Not so fast.

The Orioles scored four runs in the seventh inning, and after Boston tied it up at 9-9 in the top of the eighth, the O's scored four more in the bottom of the inning off of Red Sox closer Byung-Hyun Kim to pull away for a 13-10 win.

Kim's late-inning struggles nullified an impressive offensive power display by Boston's lineup of sluggers. Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra and Bill Mueller all hit homers in the loss.

Kim dropped to 7-5.

Kerry Ligtenberg recorded just two outs but it was enough to earn the win, improving his season record to 2-2.

Shortstop Deivi Cruz led the Orioles' 14-hit attack, going 3-5 with four RBI. Left fielder Larry Bigbie added three hits of his own.

Four other Orioles had two hits.

Boston had 16 hits, led by the four of Mueller. Ramirez, David Ortiz and Todd Walker each had three.

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