A’s beat Mariners, move closer to playoff berth

  • Sun Sep 30th, 2012 4:39pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to move Oakland a win closer to the club’s first playoff berth in six years, and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Sunday to stay right on the heels of Texas in the AL West race.

Cespedes also hit an RBI triple and Moss had a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the A’s, who pulled within 1 1/2 games of Texas. The Rangers were playing Game 2 of a doubleheader at home Sunday night against the Angels.

The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers come to the Coliseum for the final three games starting Monday with the division crown still up for grabs.

Oakland (91-68) leads Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games for the second AL wild card.