A's beat first-place Rangers to avoid 3-game sweep

Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead single in the
eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the first-place Texas
Rangers 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a series sweep.
The reigning AL champion Rangers began the day with a magic
number of three to clinch their second straight AL West crown. The
Angels were playing at Toronto in a night game.
Grant Balfour (5-2) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win, then
Andrew Bailey finished for his 21st save in 23 chances as the A's
snapped Texas' four-game winning streak and handed the Rangers just
their second loss in 10 games.
Pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore hit a tying RBI groundout in the
seventh against Darren Oliver. Crisp's hit came against Mike Adams
(1-3) and helped stop a three-game skid.