OAKLAND, Calif. — Another dramatic win in hand, the Athletics gathered around the clubhouse TV and feasted on Mexican food while watching the Angels and Rangers play the second game of their Texas doubleheader.
The upstart A's are still chasing an AL West title with three games left. That's about as ideal a scenario as anyone here could have envisioned in a season full of injuries, sweeping changes and even a drug suspension for key starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
"Oh, we're pumped," third baseman Josh Donaldson said.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as the A's beat the Mariners 5-2 Sunday to move a win closer to their first playoff berth in six years and stay on Texas' heels in the AL West race.
Cespedes also hit an RBI triple and Brandon Moss had a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the A's, who are two games behind Texas.
The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers come to the Coliseum for the final three games starting tonight.
"It's our choice," Oakland closer and former Ray Grant Balfour said. "If we go out there and win, good things are going to happen. The way we're playing right now I feel like we've got some good momentum going. We want to keep it rolling all the way through October."