(Sports Network) – Jorge Cantu picked a good time to belt his first home run in a Rangers uniform, breaking a tie game in the eighth inning with a two-out solo blast to help Texas clinch its first AL West title since 1999 with a 4-3 victory over Oakland.
Texas closer Neftali Feliz recorded the final out in the eighth and worked around a one-out double by Jeremy Hermida in the ninth to earn his 38th save of the season, surpassing the major league record for a rookie set by the Mariners’ Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000.
Elvis Andrus scored on a wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez to put the Rangers up 3-1 in the seventh. Oakland tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Cliff Pennington launched a two-run homer to left field off Clay Rapada.
In the eighth, Cantu crushed 3-2 offering from Michael Wuertz (2-3) to left- center.
The Athletics pushed home a run in the first inning when Kurt Suzuki grounded into a fielder's choice, plating Rajai Davis, who led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball.
Michael Young homered to left field leading off the third against Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez, and Cantu singled home Ian Kinsler in the sixth to give Texas a 2-1 lead.
Gonzalez gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings...Oakland will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year...The Rangers and A's have split 18 games this season.