OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland started the fifth inning with three straight hits to score two times against Matt Harrison, and Jonny Gomes homered with two outs in the sixth as the A's beat the Rangers 3-1 and tie up the American League West standings with one game remaining.
The teams play this afternoon for the title and a free pass into the AL Division Series. The loser drops to one of the wild-card spots and will play a one-game playoff Friday.
Ryan Dempster will face A's rookie A.J. Griffin.
The Rangers managed only one run and three hits against Travis Blackley in six innings after scoring five times in one inning against him last week.
Josh Hamilton delivered his 128th RBI of the season in the third inning with a two-out double to right-center to plate Ian Kinsler, who scored easily after A’s second baseman Adam Rosales dropped the relay throw.
Harrison (18-11) had retired 10 straight before Josh Donaldson opened the fifth with a single and went to third as Brandon Moss followed with double. Derek Norris was next, and he rifled a single to right field that Nelson Cruz bobbled to allow both runners to score.
Gomes connected on a 1-2 pitch to improve to 6-for-12 in his career against Harrison.
-- Jeff Wilson