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 Wins
Rank Name  W
1t R. Porcello, Det15
1t M. Scherzer, Det15
3t P. Hughes, Min14
3t S. Kazmir, Oak14
3t J. Weaver, LAA14
6t W. Chen, Bal13
6t S. Gray, Oak13
6t F. Hernandez, Sea13
6t C. Kluber, Cle13
6t J. Lester, Oak13
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NL Wins
Rank Name  W
1 C. Kershaw, LAD16
2t M. Bumgarner, SF15
2t J. Cueto, Cin15
2t W. Peralta, Mil15
2t A. Wainwright, StL15
6 L. Lynn, StL14
7t J. De La Rosa, Col13
7t Z. Greinke, LAD13
7t H. Ryu, LAD13
7t E. Santana, Atl13
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