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Josh Hamilton leads Angels to 5-4 win over A's

OAKLAND — Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes again delivered for the Athletics. Oakland's usually reliable closer let an opportunity slip away.

Josh Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning against Grant Balfour and then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading Los Angeles over the A's 5-4 Wednesday.

"He's had a great year if you look at it overall," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Three blown saves is going to do it anywhere. He had good stuff today. He got one fastball not to the right spot against a pretty good fastball hitter."

Balfour set an Oakland record with his 41st consecutive save earlier in the season. His 38 saves this season is most by an A's pitcher since Keith Foulke had 43 in 2003. He gave up a run to the Angels for the first time this year.

"He's got a great slider and zip on his fastball," Hamilton said. "I was just hoping to get a pitch to hit."


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