Ben Margot/APPitcher Sonny Gray and the A's were shut out for the seventh time since Aug. 1

A’s fall into wild-card tie after loss to Angels

OAKLAND — Gordon Beckham homered and the Los Angeles Angels dropped the A's into a tie for the top AL wild card with a 2-0 win Tuesday at O.co Coliseum.

Sonny Gray whiffed Mike Trout three times among his career-best 12 strikeouts, one month to the day after Jon Lester fanned the Angels slugger three times at the Coliseum. But Gray had nothing to show for it as the Athletics were shut out for the seventh time since Aug. 1.

Oakland and Kansas City are tied for the two wild-card spots at 86-71, three games ahead of Seattle with five to play. The Royals beat Cleveland 7-1 earlier in the night and won the season series with Oakland 5-2, giving Kansas City the tiebreaker.

That means if the Royals and A's win the wild cards and finish with identical records, Kansas City would host their one-game playoff Tuesday.

Wade LeBlanc (1-1) ran his scoreless stretch to 15 2-3 innings over his last six outings, allowing five hits in 5 1-3 innings for the AL West champions. LeBlanc is the second of three straight left-handers the Angels are throwing in this series.

Gray (13-10) is 0-3 in his last six starts. The right-hander has one victory in 11 starts since a 5-0 July that earned him AL pitcher of the month honors.

The A's had a chance to tie the game in the fifth after Josh Reddick's one-out double. Eric Sogard grounded out two batters later on an off-balance throw by second baseman Howie Kendrick that just beat Sogard, who slid headfirst.

Los Angeles went ahead in the second on an unearned run when Erick Aybar scored from third during a rundown. Efren Navarro was caught stealing at second on a 2-6-3-4 double play after Hank Conger struck out swinging.

Beckham hit his ninth homer leading off the sixth.

The A's loaded the bases in the eighth against Joe Smith, who retired Stephen Vogt on a shallow fly to right to escape unscathed. Huston Street finished for his 16th save with the Angels and 40th overall.

Oakland was shut down after scoring 16 runs over its previous two games. That outburst came after the A's totaled only 19 runs in their previous 10 contests.

NOTES: A's C Derek Norris was the DH for a second straight day after requiring an injection in his troublesome shoulder. He is slated to start Wednesday's series finale. … Angels Jered Weaver (18-8) had the flu for a second straight day and left the ballpark. Manager Mike Scioscia said there is flexibility to push Weaver's next start from Friday to Saturday if the right-hander needs an extra day. … Angels 3B David Freese was held out of the lineup after he experienced tightness in his upper back earlier in the day.

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