Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton belted a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, then delivered a sacrifice fly in the 11th to rally the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Hamilton's heroics enabled the Angels to claim the rubber match of this three- game series and keep Oakland's magic number for a playoff spot at five. The A's have a magic number of six to clinch the AL West.
Mike Trout added a two-run homer in the triumph, the Angels' seventh in nine games. J.C. Gutierrez (1-4), one of four Anaheim relievers that combined for five scoreless innings, picked up the win after working the bottom of the 10th.
Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes each socked two-run homers in the third inning for Oakland, which received a strong six-inning effort from A.J. Griffin. The Athletics' starter permitted just one hit -- Trout's blast in the top of the first -- and a pair of walks while striking out six.
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