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Sonny Gray strikes out 8, pitches first-place Athletics past Giants 6-1 for sixth straight win

  • Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oakland Athletics' Nick Punto slides to score against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Punto scored on a double by A's Coco Crisp. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oakland Athletics' Nick Punto slides to score against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Punto scored on a double by A's Coco Crisp. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

Sonny Gray struck out eight to win his third straight decision, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Coco Crisp hit an RBI single and stole his 16th base and Nick Punto doubled in a run during a four-run third against Madison Bumgarner (9-7), handed his second three-start skid of the year.

The lefty didn't allow a hit until Jed Lowrie's blooper leading off the third that landed in front of a charging right fielder Hunter Pence, who avoided a collision with second baseman Joe Panik.

Oakland did all its damage that inning on the way to matching its season-high winning streak.

The A's (57-33) concluded their homestand 6-0, just the 11th undefeated homestand of six or more games in Oakland history. The low-budget club with baseball's best record has won 11 of its past 12 games at the Coliseum.