The 2013 Oakland Athletics are getting very hot at what might just be the right time.
With a 17-5 record in the month of September, the A's could be the team to beat in the American League playoffs, as long as they keep hitting like they are right now: Oakland piled up 13 hits in a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels tonight in Anaheim as the club rolls right along into October baseball for the second season in a row.
The A's have outscored their September opponents by a combined 139-78 score, scoring more than six runs per game; they've scored 49 runs in their current five-game win streak.
Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss hit home runs for Oakland tonight, and five other players drove in one run apiece. Meanwhile, Tommy Milone got his 12th win of the year, striking out eight Angels in 5.1 innings while giving up only two earned runs.
The crafty lefty struck out Los Angeles superstar Mike Trout three times tonight.
With the win, the A's gained a half game on idle Boston in the race for the best record in the American League. At 94-63, Oakland trails the Red Sox by one game with five to play. The 94 wins this year also matches the victory total for the A's when they won the AL West in 2012.
Oakland has two more games in Anaheim this week before a day off Thursday to travel up north, closing with three games against the Mariners in Seattle. Meanwhile, Boston plays two in Colorado this week before returning to the East Coast to play the Orioles in Baltimore for three over the weekend.