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A's defeat Angels 2-1

  • Erick Aybar, right, hops over Josh Donaldson, who was forced out at second base, during the fourth inning on Tuesday night. (GEORGE NIKITIN/Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Josh Donaldson hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Tuesday night as they decreased their magic number to clinch another AL West title to six.

Donaldson delivered his third career game-ending hit — all this season — in Oakland's eighth walkoff victory this year.

Grant Balfour (1-3) struck out the side in order in the ninth for the win.

Alberto Callaspo singled to start the bottom of the ninth against Michael Kohn (1-3) and Jemile Weeks entered as a pinch-runner. Weeks advanced on Stephen Vogt's fly to left and pinch-hitter Jed Lowie was intentionally walked to bring up Coco Crisp.

Crisp walked on the 10th pitch he saw to load the bases. Daric Barton struck out with the Angels bringing in right fielder Kole Calhoun as a fifth infielder.

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