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Oakland Athletics Can Only Play Heart-Stopping Games

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics walks to the dugout as manager Bob Melvin #6 congratulates the team for the win against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer ISeptember 26, 2012

Being a fan of the Oakland Athletics is dangerous for your health.

If the past few games are any indication, they either win by one run or lose by one run. They either hang on in extra innings or walk off the field dejected that a close one got away.

The September 25th game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers was their fifth straight one-run game. This was another extra inning affair, their third in the past five contests.

And this time, it was catcher George Kottaras being the hero. He launched a 10th-inning upper deck shot off of Rangers reliever Mark Lowe to give the A's a 3-2 lead that Grant Balfour would nail down.

Reliever Evan Scribner got his first ever big league win and Tommy Milone pitched six innings letting up only two unearned runs and walking none.

Despite the wind blowing out, the Oakland staff kept it in the yard, held on and took advantage of Orioles and Yankees losses to hold their playoff spot steady.

It seems all year like the Athletics have had walk off wins, extra-inning barn burners and devastating late losses.

And here they stand with eight games to play within striking distance of the best record in the American League, but one losing streak away from letting the Angels pass them.

Five of their remaining eight games are against the Texas Rangers.

It is a safe bet that they will almost all be one-run games decided late.

But some antacid tablets, A's fans. This is going to be too much for your stomach to handle.

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