Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame a shaky outing by rookie Dan Straily to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-8 Wednesday.
George Kottaras also homered and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run single for the A's, who won the final two games of the series against their division rivals after losing the opener.
Oakland, which began the day a game behind Detroit in the AL wild card race, improved to 17-8 since the All-Star break.
Kendrys Morales hit two of the Angels' five home runs. Four of them came off Straily, the A's right-hander who was making only his second career start.
Zack Greinke walked five in five innings, remaining winless since his trade from Milwaukee to the Angels.
Pat Neshek (1-0) recorded one out in the sixth for his first win with the A's. Ryan Cook, the sixth Oakland pitcher, gave up two runs in the ninth before locking down his 12th save.
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