(OAKLAND) -- It wasn't easy, but the 2013 Oakland Athletics finally regained a game on the Texas Rangers in the American League West division race on Friday night.
On July 30, the A's held a 6.5-game edge on the Rangers, but earlier this week, Texas had reversed that reality while sprinting ahead to a two-game lead on Oakland.
The two teams have outdistanced every other team in the division, as third-place Seattle is a whopping 13 games behind Oakland currently.
Today, the A's take on Cleveland again, at 6:05 p.m. while the Rangers will host the Mariners again, at 5:05 p.m. Thus, everyone at the O.co Coliseum will be able to keep an eye on the scoreboard.
"We're not in the middle of the game looking at the scoreboard, though," Oakland infielder Eric Sogard told the media after last night's win.
Sogard delivered the game-winning hit in the seventh inning, after Cleveland had tied the score off Sean Doolittle in the top of the inning: his two-out double into the right field corner scored catcher Stephen Vogt from first base.
Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to nail down the win.
The A's got a two-run home run in the first inning from Yoenis Cespedes -- who gets his first bobblehead day today at the Coliseum, incidentally -- and not much else.
Meanwhile, Cleveland hitters stranded 13 runners after collecting eight hits and nine walks off Oakland pitchers. The Indians were just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, so while A's pitchers put a lot of guys on the bases, they also kept them away from home plate.
That will be the challenge, again, for Oakland's Dan Straily (6-6, 4.19 ERA) today against Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.11 ERA).
The A's are only 13-13 since the All-Star break, and Straily is 0-4 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts during that stretch.
Jimenez is 2-0 lifetime against Oakland, with a 3.57 ERA, in three starts -- including a win earlier this year on May 6.