(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Oakland Athletics completed their improbable 13-game comeback, taking first place from the Texas Rangers (93-69) on the final day of the season by beating them 12-5.
Not only did the Athletics come back in the division, they came back in the game.
The A’s (94-68) trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp smacked a two-run double to tie the game, and two batters later outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a fly ball to centerfield that was dropped by Josh Hamilton, scoring two more runs and giving Oakland the lead for good.
“This biggest thing when their is a high fly ball that in and your running hard for it, when you get there you need to break down soft so the ball’s not moving on you or anything like that,” Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said of the dropped fly ball. “I didn’t do that. I continued running basically at the same speed and, ah, didn’t catch it.”
The win gave the A’s a sweep of the series. It’s only the second series all season in which the Rangers were swept.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire