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Kaprielian, A's beat Angels 3-1 to keep pace for wild card

James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his 36th home run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1
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Oakland Athletics second baseman Josh Harrison, celebrates with center fielder Mark Canha and right fielder Chad Pinder after catching a line drive ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Max Stassi to end the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

ANAHEIM, Calif. - James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his 36th home run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1.

The A’s have won four consecutive games and seven of 10 in their race for the second AL wild card. They’re two games back of Toronto for the final postseason spot, with the Yankees also in the way. 

Kaprielian retired 18 of his 20 batters. He struck out five and walked none. The A’s scored three runs in the first inning to give Kaprielian an early cushion.