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

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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.

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AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name  RBI
1 J. Abreu, CWS97
2t D. Ortiz, Bos94
2t M. Trout, LAA94
4 M. Cabrera, Det90
5t N. Cruz, Bal88
5t J. Donaldson, Oak88
7 Y. Cespedes, Bos87
8 V. Martinez, Det85
9 M. Brantley, Cle83
10t A. Pujols, LAA81
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NL Runs Batted In
Rank Name  RBI
1 G. Stanton, Mia97
2 A. Gonzalez, LAD90
3 J. Upton, Atl88
4 R. Howard, Phi81
5 I. Desmond, Was80
6 M. Byrd, Phi77
7 L. Duda, NYM76
8 R. Braun, Mil74
9t A. McCutchen, Pit71
9t M. Ozuna, Mia71
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