A's, in Pursuit of Wild Card, Fall to Angels

ANAHEIM (AP) Homer Bailey lost for the first time in eight starts and the Oakland Athletics suffered a setback in their postseason pursuit, falling to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Tuesday night.

Oakland let its lead for the top AL wild card drop to a half-game over Tampa Bay and one game over Cleveland. The A's magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at five with five games left.

David Fletcher had three hits and Albert Pujols drove in his 2,075th run to help the Angels end a seven-game skid. Dillon Peters (4-3) allowed two runs in five innings.

Khris Davis hit his 23rd homer of the season, but the A's lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Bailey (13-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.

The Angels scored three runs in the fifth, going in front on Pujols' sacrifice fly to left that scored Fletcher. Brian Goodwin tied it at 2 when his pop fly down the third base line dropped in between left fielder Chad Pinder and third baseman Matt Chapman, and Fletcher's RBI single got Los Angeles on the board.

Davis put the A's up 2-0 with his two-run homer to left-center with two outs in the fourth. It was his 156th homer in four years with the A's, tying Miguel Tejada for eighth-most in franchise history.

Hansel Robles got his 23rd save. Mark Canha beat Robles to the base on a ground ball to first to start the ninth inning, but he responded by getting Ramon Laureano to hit into a double play before striking out Davis.

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