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A's records tumble in win over Angels

ANAHEIM, California -- The Oakland Athletics made several entries in the team record books in their 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday while strengthening their grip on an American League playoff berth.

The A's moved 22 games above a .500 winning percentage for the first time since 2006; they won their 12th consecutive road game for the first time since 1971; while rookie pitcher A.J. Griffin (6-0) became only the second Athletics pitcher in 85 years to begin his career with six straight wins.

The key statistic though was Oakland moving five games clear of Tampa Bay, which is the highest-placed team outside the current wild-card spots. With only 20 games to play, it appears the A's can prepare for the postseason, but the Angels — half a game behind Tampa Bay — are faltering in their playoff bid.

The West-leading Texas Rangers maintained a three-game lead over Oakland by defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-2. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre both homered but both also left the game injured, with Hamilton nursing a sore left knee and Beltre a left shoulder problem that will undergo a scan.

The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees remain locked together atop the AL East after both won.

The Orioles edged Tampa Bay 3-2, dropping the Rays three games off the pace. Manny Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and came home for the winning run on a hit by Nate McLouth. The Rays stranded 11 runners in a frustrating defeat.

The Yankees had a similarly tight win, pipping the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Curtis Granderson hit two homers and Robinson Cano added one for New York, which lost veteran Derek Jeter to an ankle injury.

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Los Angeles Angels' Chris Iannetta, right, is tagged out at third base by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson on a single by Mike Trout during the fourth inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, California, Wednesday, Sept. 12. (AP)

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