Jun 5, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (right) is greeted by third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Jed Lowrie after hitting a 3-run home run in the 7th inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Donaldson's Clutch Homer Propels A's to Another Win

Josh Donaldson has come up with some big hits in his career.

He was a big part of Oakland’s magical run in 2012, and he has had some big knocks in 2013 as well. Donaldson has been on fire lately, and his batting average for the season is a marvelous .329.

It increased with one big hit today.

Donaldson hit a grand slam off of Chris Sale, powering the A’s to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Sale went 7.1 innings and surrendered four runs, and all four came on Donaldson’s home run. Sale left a pitch up and away, and Donaldson extended his bat to the outside corner.

He drove the ball to right field, and the ball soared over right fielder Alex Rios’ head. The hit gave the A’s a 4-3 lead, one they wouldn’t lose. Jarrod Parker dominated, as he threw seven solid innings. Parker gave up two earned runs, but he earned the win.

Grant Balfour continued his reign of terror by closing out the game in the ninth inning, as he dominated as well. Balfour pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in as many chances, and he lowered his ERA to a glistening 1.37. Parker lowered his ERA to a not-so-glistening 4.68, but he still picked up his fifth win.

Now, the A’s are 38-25. They have won 18 of their last 21, and they are right in the middle of the AL West race as a result. In fact, the A’s took over first place with the win, as they lead the Texas Rangers by a half-game.

Tommy Milone will pitch tomorrow for the A’s, who are going home satisfied once again. Oakland is dominating the MLB, and the White Sox are just the latest victims of Oakland’s incredible streak.



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