Sep 28, 2014 5:41 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Oakland Athletics finally clinched their third consecutive playoff berth - on the last day of the regular season after a prolonged slump.
Sonny Gray threw a six-hitter to win for the first time in five September starts, Josh Reddick had an RBI triple and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the American League's second wild card.
The A's lost 30 of their previous 45 games before winning game No. 162. They play the win-or-go-home wild-card game Tuesday night at Kansas City, which won five of the seven games in the season series against Oakland (88-74).
Adam Dunn, acquired by the A's on Aug. 31, is going to the playoffs for the first time after playing his 2,001st career game - the most by any active player before getting to the postseason.
Gray (14-10) was 12-3 at the end of July, but was 1-7 in his 11 previous starts before Sunday.
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