Brett Gardner scored the tiebreaking run on Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the ninth, and the New York Yankees celebrated clinching their 14th playoff appearance in 15 seasons Tuesday night with a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Howie Kendrick's single ricocheted off second base in the ninth inning to drive in Los Angeles' tying run, and Mike Napoli's run-scoring double in the 10th capped the Angels' 31st comeback victory, 6-5 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales hit back-to-back home runs that put Los Angeles ahead and the AL West-leading Angels won their sixth straight game, 5-2 over the struggling Texas Rangers on Monday night.
John Lackey, activated from the disabled list earlier Saturday, was ejected after hitting Texas leadoff batter Ian Kinsler and the AL West-leading Rangers went on to beat Los Angeles 5-3 for their sixth straight victory.
- Matt Palmer pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first major league victory, Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead home run and the Los Angeles Angels survived another shaky outing by the bullpen to beat the Detroit Tigers 10-5 on Thursday night.