A's hold off Angels for 5th straight win

  • Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss, right, celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ANAHEIM — Jerry Blevins has been near the back of the Oakland bullpen for most of his six seasons with the Athletics, rarely shining and sometimes struggling.

Given an unlikely chance to bail out closer Grant Balfour in a key rivalry game, the left-hander succeeded against the odds — just like his A's have been doing all season long.

Blevins got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on in the ninth inning, and the A's held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

"So far, it's the best moment of my career, and the most exciting," Blevins said. "It even trumps my debut."

Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols had run-scoring singles in the ninth for the Angels, who had runners at the corners and nobody out before Blevins relieved Balfour.

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