Moss' home run helps Athletics gain ground

The Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss is congratulated by The Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the 10th inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners. (Sept. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

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Brandon Moss still had remnants of a whipped-cream pie splashed across both sides of his beard in the clubhouse. When someone pointed out the smears, Moss plucked the rest from his face and licked his fingers clean.

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"Last time, I didn't eat any," he said. "But this time, I ate a lot of it. I left my mouth open."

Moss hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after Josh Donaldson's tying two-run shot in the ninth as the host Athletics moved within 21/2 games of the first-place Texas Rangers with a stunning 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The Rangers' game against the Angels was rained out.

"Epic. It's a pretty dramatic win," A's manager Bob Melvin said after the A's streamed out of the dugout to celebrate their major league-leading 14th walk-off win.

Nationals 6, Cardinals 4: Michael Morse hit a grand slam that was allowed after being reviewed and Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double in the 10th as visiting Washington cut its magic number for winning the NL East title to one.

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Dodgers 3, Rockies 0: Matt Kemp homered twice and Joe Blanton pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as host Los Angeles climbed within two games of the Cardinals for the second NL wild-card spot. After this weekend, Los Angeles hosts San Francisco and St. Louis hosts Cincinnati in a pair of three-game series. -- AP

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