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Angels beat A's in 10, lead AL West by 2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Angels and Athletics realize their paths to the World Series are likely to cross repeatedly this fall. Both AL West powers are prepared to grind out wins similar to the one Howie Kendrick delivered in their series opener.

Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and Los Angeles opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over Oakland, which finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call.

Josh Hamilton had a 10th-inning single as the Angels (80-53) edged Oakland (78-55) to begin a four-game series between the California clubs with the majors' two best records.


AL Home Runs
Rank Name  HR
1 N. Cruz, Bal34
2t J. Abreu, CWS33
2t C. Carter, Hou33
4t D. Ortiz, Bos30
4t M. Trout, LAA30
6 E. Encarnacion, Tor27
7t J. Bautista, Tor26
7t J. Donaldson, Oak26
7t V. Martinez, Det26
10 A. Jones, Bal24
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NL Home Runs
Rank Name  HR
1 G. Stanton, Mia33
2 A. Rizzo, ChC30
3 L. Duda, NYM26
4 J. Upton, Atl25
5 M. Byrd, Phi24
6 T. Frazier, Cin22
7t I. Desmond, Was21
7t C. Gomez, Mil21
7t M. Reynolds, Mil21
7t T. Tulowitzki, Col21
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