Wednesday September 18, 2013 | 03:12 AM

Josh Donaldson's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Oakland a 2-1 win over the Angels late Tuesday night.

The puts Oakland only two games behind Boston in the loss column as the teams vie for the best record in the American League. And Detroit is a game behind Oakland.

The numbers: 

Red Sox 92-60
Rays 82-68 (9 games back)
Orioles 80-70 (11)

To clinch a playoff spot: 2
To clinch the AL East: 3
To clinch the best record in the AL: 9

Boston (10): Orioles (2), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (12): Rangers (2), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).

Division Leaders
Boston 92-60
Oakland 89-62
Detroit 88-63

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 82-68
Texas 82-68
Cleveland 82-69 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 80-70 (2)
Kansas City 79-72 (3.5)
New York 79-72 (3.5)

Boston still might celebrate a playoff berth tonight. See today's column.


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