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Oakland Athletics' Jarrod Parker works against the Texas Ranger

A's back in playoffs for first time in six years

OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp's latest clutch hit helped put Oakland back in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and the Athletics beat the first-place Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to remain in contention for a division crown.

Crisp had a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth as Oakland (92-68) pulled within one game of Texas (93-67) in the AL West race with two to go and moved into a tie with Baltimore for the American League's top wild card.

Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth for insurance and Josh Reddick added an RBI single for the resurgent A's, who must sweep this season-ending series against the two-time reigning AL champion Rangers to capture the West title.

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