ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) If the AL West race turns out to be as close as these three games, the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels will be battling down to the wire come September.
After winning the series opener in the ninth inning on a pinch-two-run homer by John Jaso and the next one on Josh Donaldson's RBI double in the 11th, the Athletics were denied a sweep Wednesday night by Howie Kendrick's run-scoring fielder's choice grounder in the ninth and Chris Iannetta's two-out home run in the 12th off Drew Pomeranz. The 5-4 loss snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak.
"We went to the ninth inning with the lead, but you put it behind you and move on," manager Bob Melvin said. "We weren't very good defensively tonight."