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A's finish key sweep of Rays

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - With A.J. Griffin's seven sharp innings leading the way, the Oakland Athletics solidified their playoff chances with a 5-1 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays that completed a sweep of a three-game series.

Griffin (12-9) allowed just a James Loney homer and four other hits while striking out seven, with Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt supporting the right- hander with solo shots of their own to help Oakland post its sixth win in seven outings.

The victory moved the A's within a game of Texas for first place in the AL West race and 2 1/2 clear of the reeling Rays for the league's top wild card berth.

Loney finished 2-for-4 in the loss, the Rays' fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.

Alex Torres (4-1) was dealt a hard-luck defeat after allowing one unearned run over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Making his first start since 2007, Jamey Wright worked the first 1 2/3 frames for Tampa Bay and was touched for a run.

09/01 19:20:40 ET

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