OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sean Doolittle allowed a three-run homer to J.P. Arencibia during a six-run ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics lost 6-1 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
It was the fourth blown save in 25 chances for Doolittle (1-4) this season.
The bearded closer's meltdown on the mound negated a stellar start by Jeff Samardzija and ended Oakland's two-year reign as AL West champions. The Los Angeles Angels clinched the division with a 5-0 win over Seattle and the loss by the A's.
Oakland dropped into a tie with Kansas City for the AL's top wild card. Seattle is two games behind.