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Oakland beats Angels in ninth

OAKLAND -- Kurt Suzuki blooped a winning single to shallow right field with one out in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory Sunday over AL West-champion Los Angeles.

Huston Street (5-2) blew his fifth save, allowing his first earned run in 11 September outings on Kendry Morales' fourth homer, but still earned the victory.

Mike Piazza singled off loser Chris Bootcheck to start the inning, then was lifted for pinch runner Shannon Stewart, who scored the winning run. Bootcheck was one of the pitchers competing for the last spot on the postseason roster -- and this outing might have hurt his chances.

The A's won the season series (10-9) with the Angels for the first time since posting a 12-8 mark in the rivalry in 2003.

Piazza, a first-year DH after 15 seasons in the National League, left to a warm ovation after his single in the ninth.

While he'll weigh his options this winter, Piazza's career could be over, and he knows it.

"I have a lot of decisions, and a lot of them deal with my family now," Piazza said. "I will keep myself in shape. I'm always drifting around. I'll get to the beach and spend time with my daughter. ... I'm very flattered and honored the way the fans treated me here, even through some tough times."

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