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September 18, 2013, 11:19 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading Los Angeles over Oakland 5-4 on Wednesday.

Hamilton connected against Grant Balfour, who blew his third save of the season. Jesse Chavez (2-4) was the loser.

Mike Trout added a two-run home run for the Angels, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes each hit two-run home runs for the A's, who lost for the third time in 12 games. They entered Wednesday with a a six-game lead over Texas in the AL West.

Juan Gutierrez (1-4) pitched the 10th for the win. Ernesto Frieri worked the 11th for his 35th save in 39 chances.

A's starter A.J. Griffin gave up Trout's homer with one out in the first. He retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Griffin allowed two runs and one hit. He walked two and struck out six.

Angels starter Jason Vargas allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 3

CHICAGO (AP) - Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June, and Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep.

Diamond (6-11) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first big league win since June 20 against the White Sox. Since then, he was 0-5 with a 6.20 ERA in eight starts and spent more than a month at Triple-A Rochester.

Minnesota had scored four runs during the first two games of the series, but matched that in the first two innings, scoring once in the first and three times in the second against John Danks (4-14).

Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello, Eric Fryer and Brian Dozier drove in runs that helped the Twins win for the second time in eight games.

Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 36th save in 40 tries, snapping the White Sox's five-game winning streak against the Twins.

YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 3

TORONTO (AP) - Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save as New York rallied from three runs down to snap a four-game skid.

Robinson Cano drove in the Yankees' first run in this three-game series with a one-out single in the eighth. Alfonso Soriano followed with an RBI double, helping New York avoid falling farther behind in the AL wild-card race.

New York entered 3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas for the second wild card. The Yankees have 10 games remaining.

David Huff (3-1) pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief to earn the win.

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with a walk as the Yankees improved to 8-2 this season following a shutout loss. New York, which lost 2-0 Tuesday, has gone 34-11 following shutout defeats since Joe Girardi took over as manager before the 2008 season.

Colby Rasmus homered for the fourth straight game and Ryan Goins hit his first career homer but the Blue Jays couldn't hold on to a 3-0 lead, losing for the sixth time in eight games.

MARINERS 8, TIGERS 0

DETROIT (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Seattle's Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander.

Iwakuma (13-6) matched his career high going eight innings, giving up just four hits and one unintentional walk. His 25-inning scoreless streak on the road matches a franchise record.

Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs, four hits, walked three and struck out six over seven innings. He was hoping to win consecutive starts for the first time in more than three months.

The AL Central-leading Tigers had won three straight and six of seven to close in on their third straight division title. Seattle had lost eight of nine.

Iwakuma, who became an All-Star this year in his second season, joined Randy Johnson (1994) and Brian Holman (1989) as Mariners who have thrown 25 straight scoreless innings on the road.

Smoak's solo shot - his 17th homer - gave Seattle a 3-0 lead in the sixth.

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