The Oakland Athletics may be able to do better than just get into the playoffs as a wild card.
They might sneak away with a division title if they keep playing like this against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Oakland led for good only three batters into the game and chased Texas starter Martin Perez before the end of the first inning in a 9-3 victory Wednesday night to pull within three games with seven to play, four against the Rangers.
''To come out there and get these guys was the biggest series of the road trip. These are the guys we are trying to catch,'' Josh Reddick said. ''A lot of people want to say we can get the wild card. We're trying to still win this division. ... It's definitely possible.''
The Athletics (88-67) have taken two of the first three games in the series that ends with a day game Thursday. That will also wrap up a stretch of six series in six cities before ending the regular season with six games at home.