Third baseman Josh Donaldson drove in the winning run as the Oakland A's topped the Los Angeles Angels 2-1, a victory that reduced their magic number for clinching the AL West division to six.
Donaldson ended Tuesday night's home game at the O.Co Coliseum by driving a ball into the right-center field gap off reliever Michael Kohn with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
Starters Sonny Gray and Garrett Richards had strong outings for the A's and Angels, respectively, although neither pitcher factored into the decision.
A's closer Grant Balfour (1-3) was credited with the win after striking out the side in the top of the ninth, while Kohn (1-3) took the loss.
The game's other two runs came in the first inning, with Angels superstar Mike Trout kicking off the scoring with a home run in the top of the inning before Brandon Moss answered with a run-scoring ground-rule double in his first plate appearance.
The A's improved to 89-62, 6.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers with less than a dozen games to play in the regular season.
The Angels (73-78) are well out of playoff contention and will likely be mathematically eliminated in the coming days. EFE