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Game #158: Chapman’s dramatic blast prevents three game skid in Anaheim

The Oakland Athletics (95-63) persevered through a seemingly endless series of missed chances at the plate to come back in the top of the ninth on third baseman Matt Chapman’s 35th home run of the season and defeat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (71-87) by a score of 3-2 at Angel Stadium. The dramatic comeback narrowly averted what would have been the A’s first three game losing streak since July and a potentially disastrous setback in a very tight AL Wild Card race. Starting pitcher Frankie Montas returned after an 80 game PED suspension and delivered an outstanding performance to keep the A’s in the game despite the team’s repeated failures to get runners to the plate.