MLB: Coco Crisp scores as Oakland Athletics beat Los Angeles Angels 2-1

Last Updated: 24/08/14 10:51am

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Coco Crisp: Made the decisive score from a wild pitch by Joe Smith

Coco Crisp: Made the decisive score from a wild pitch by Joe Smith

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The Oakland Athletics drew level with the Los Angeles Angels at the top of the AL West standings after a 2-1 victory at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Jonny Gomes put the Athletics on the board in their second inning before Howie Kendrick crossed home plate in the seventh innings to level for the Angels.

A wild pitch from Angels reliever Joe Smith decided the game in the Athletics' favour as Coco Crisp scored to secure victory for the visitors. The Athletics, who beat the Angels 5-3 on Friday night, have the chance to record a 3-0 series victory against the Angels when they play one another again on Sunday night.

The New York Yankees closed the gap on AL East leaders the Baltimore Orioles to seven games courtesy of a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Yankees celebrated the retirement of Joe Torre's number six jersey with their third straight victory as Martin Prado had a two-run double and Carlos Beltran homered for the home side.

The Orioles lost their second match in as many days against the Chicago Cubs, falling to a 7-2 defeat at Wrigley Field after a rain delay of more than three hours.

Chris Coghlan's three-run triple in the second inning and Javier Baez's home run in the seventh helped to secure victory for the Cubs after they beat the Orioles 4-1 on Friday.

The Kansas City Royals stretched their lead at the top of the AL Central standings to three games with a 6-3 victory against the Texas Rangers.

Three RBIs from Jarrod Dyson, a two-run single by Omar Infante and a home run by Alex Gordon set up victory for the Royals, who beat the Rangers by the same scoreline a day earlier.

Double bill

Second-placed AL Central side the Detroit Tigers lost both games in their double bill against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

The Twins edged to an 8-6 victory in the first game before following up Friday's 20-6 rout with a 12-4 victory to record a clean sweep.

The second match on Saturday saw Kennys Vargas drive in five runs, while Jordan Schafer and Joe Mauer added three RBIs apiece to down the Tigers.

NL East leaders the Washington Nationals were 6-2 winners against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park.

Two runs in the first inning, three in the second and Asdrubal Cabrera's home run in the third set up victory for the Nats, while Hunter Pence homered for the Giants.

NL Central leaders the Milwaukee Brewers were well beaten by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Pedro Alvarez's two home runs and four RBIs, Russell Martin's three-run blast and Neil Walker's securing a 10-2 victory.

NL West table-toppers the Los Angeles Dodgers were 7-4 victors against the New York Mets, with Adrian Gonzalez on fine form with a home run and five further runs.

The Seattle Mariners were 7-3 victors against the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays edged to a 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 and the St Louis Cardinals won 6-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cleveland Indians secured a 3-2 win against the Houston Astros, the Cincinnati Reds were 1-0 winners against the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 5-4.

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