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A's pull out 5-4 victory over Astros

HOUSTON -- The Oakland A's spent eight innings fumbling and bumbling their way to what seemed a sure loss, then regained the poise that has them fighting for the American League West lead with a huge three-run ninth inning, good for a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Now the A's (78-54) won't be more than a game behind the Los Angeles Angels, playing Miami on the West Coast, when the two A.L. West powerhouses meet Thursday in the first of a four-game series with the division lead on the line. Jonny Gomes singled to get the inning off on the right foot, and the flying feet of pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second base. An Alberto Callaspo grounder got Gentry to third against Astros ...

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