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Gray Ends Losing Skid, A’s Beat Angels To Begin Crucial AL West Series

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Sam Fuld #23 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the bottom of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on August 22, 2014 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sam Fuld #23 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the bottom of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on August 22, 2014 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL West rivals.

Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning and the A’s pulled within one game of the division-leading Angels.

Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered for the Angels

Gray (13-7) allowed three runs and six hits over 8 1-3 innings. Sean Doolittle recorded the final two outs for his 19th save, fanning pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta with the bases loaded to end it.

Reliever Jason Grilli (1-2) gave up Fuld’s key hit.

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