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Drew Homers To Help A’s Beat O’s, 5-2

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Stephen Drew #5, Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5 to 2 at O.co Coliseum on September 15, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Stephen Drew #5, Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5 to 2 at O.co Coliseum on September 15, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Stephen Drew homered and made a pair of big defensive plays to back Jarrod Parker, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Saturday night.

Chris Carter had a two-run double as part of a five-run third inning while Josh Reddick added two hits and an RBI for Oakland, which has won two straight over Baltimore to clinch the season series between the top two teams in the American League wild card race.

The A’s also pulled within two games of first-place Texas in the AL West, the closest they’ve been since April 13. The Rangers lost to Seattle earlier in the day.

Nate McLouth homered for Baltimore, which dropped one game behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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