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Olson HR in 10th moves A's 1 game back

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With September approaching, the Oakland Athletics are showing the baseball world what they believed from the start: This group and its young sluggers are ready to make a playoff push.

Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Friday night to pull within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the AL West lead.

"We've known that we're a capable team, we're a very good team all along," Olson said. "We knew it going into the year that we were going to have a chance to make a run, so glad to finally get a little recognition for it and when we go out and win games like that, people are looking at us a little bit."

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