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A's hold off Angels in 9th for 5th straight win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jerry Blevins has been near the back of the Oakland bullpen for most of his six seasons with the Athletics, rarely shining and sometimes struggling.

Given an unlikely chance to bail out closer Grant Balfour in a key rivalry game, the left-hander succeeded against the odds - just like his A's have been doing all season long.

Blevins got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on in the ninth inning, and the A's held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

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