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Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 4:39 p.m.

A's beat Mariners, move closer to playoff berth

  • Mariners' rookie pitcher Erasmo Ramirez adjusts his cap in the first inning of Sunday's game against the A's.

    Associated Press

    Mariners' rookie pitcher Erasmo Ramirez adjusts his cap in the first inning of Sunday's game against the A's.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to move Oakland a win closer to the club's first playoff berth in six years, and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Sunday to stay right on the heels of Texas in the AL West race.
Cespedes also hit an RBI triple and Moss had a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the A's, who pulled within 1 1/2 games of Texas. The Rangers were playing Game 2 of a doubleheader at home Sunday night against the Angels.
The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers come to the Coliseum for the final three games starting Monday with the division crown still up for grabs.
Oakland (91-68) leads Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games for the second AL wild card.
Story tags » Mariners

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