A's ride Josh Donaldson's strong night, defeat Astros 7-5

  • Oakland Athletics' A.J. Griffin works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics are in sole possession of first place in the AL West for the first time in more than a month.

It's just not that big of a deal to Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to jump ahead of Texas in the division.

Jed Lowrie added two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Yoenis Cespedes and Nate Freiman had two hits apiece.

The A's grabbed a half-game lead over the Rangers, who lost 6-5 at the Los Angeles Angels. But it was around this time last year that Oakland began its late push to overtake Texas for the division crown.

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