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.
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