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MLB: Oakland 5, Tampa Bay 1

  |   Sept. 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A.J. Griffin turned in seven strong innings Sunday and the surging Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay with a 5-1 victory.

Griffin (12-9) yielded just one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out seven.

With the A's clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh, Stephen Vogt socked a solo homer for and insurance tally and Oakland put the contest away with two more runs in the eighth.

Coco Crisp also homered for second-place Oakland, which pulled to within one game of American League West-leading Texas with a sixth win seven contests overall.

Alex Torres (4-1) took the loss for the Rays after Jamey Wright lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his first start since 2007.

James Loney homered for Tampa Bay, which dropped a fourth straight and sixth in seven games.

The second-place Rays fell 5 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston but still hold a three-game lead over Baltimore in the AL wild card race.

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