American League Game Summary - Oakland at New York|
(Sunday, September 23rd)
Final Score: Oakland 5, New York 4
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Cliff Pennington's RBI single in the sixth inning
proved to be the difference, as the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game
sweep at Yankee Stadium with a 5-4 win over New York.
Pennington also belted a two-run homer for the Athletics, who bounced back
from a pair of extra-inning losses in the first two games of the series and
won for just the second time in their last seven games. Oakland moved within
one game of Baltimore for the top AL wild card spot, as the Orioles dropped a
2-1 decision in Boston.
The Yankees had a seven-game winning streak stopped and remained one game
ahead of the Orioles for the lead in the AL East. New York went 7-2 on a nine-
game homestand and opens a seven-game road trip Monday in Minnesota.
Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in defeat. Hiroki Kuroda (14-11) lost for the
first time in four starts, yielding five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits
in 5 2/3 innings.
"It's a disappointing loss, but you move on and prepare for tomorrow," said
Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Oakland snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth thanks to some shoddy Yankee fielding.
Josh Donaldson reached on a one-out throwing error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez
and scored on a two-out single to left by Pennington.
The Yankees, who left two aboard in the bottom half when Ichiro Suzuki
grounded to short, stranded a runner in each of the next two innings before
Grant Balfour set down the side in order in the ninth for his 20th save. Alex
Rodriguez nearly tied the game for the Yankees in the final inning, but his
one-out fly ball was caught just in front of the right field wall by Josh
A.J. Griffin went the first 4 1/3 innings for Oakland and was tagged for four
runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Jerry Blevins (5-1)
picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Athletics picked up a gift run in the first. After loading the bases on a
Stephen Drew leadoff single, a two-out double from Brandon Moss and a walk to
Jonny Gomes, Kuroda uncorked a wild pitch to score Drew before Reddick flied
A disputed call at first in the second also helped Oakland. Donaldson reached
on an infield single, although the throw from Nunez at short appeared to be in
time, and Pennington connected for his sixth homer of the season two batters
later to make it 3-0.
"Rarely do you lose a game like you did last night, and I think coming back
from something like that and scoring early in the game showed some fight right
away," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
The Yankees were unable to do anything with leadoff walks in the first two
innings and also stranded a Derek Jeter two-out single in the third, then
finally answered with four in the fourth.
Swisher followed Robinson Cano's one-out base hit with a blast into the second
deck in right field for his 22nd homer of the season. Curtis Granderson then
singled, took second on an infield base hit by Russell Martin and scored on a
double down the right field line by Raul Ibanez. Nunez's grounder to second
chased home Martin to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
The Athletics tied it in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Yoenis Cespedes
with one out, but Kuroda kept the go-ahead run at third with a strikeout of
Moss before Gomes bounced to third.
"I was trying to hit corners and got behind in the count," said Kuroda about
Jeter was 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games ... Reddick went
0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 24 at-bats ... The Yankees left nine on
base and went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position ... The teams split the
10-game season series ... The Athletics selected the contract of pitcher
Jeremy Accardo from Triple-A Sacramento and transferred infielder Brandon Inge
to the 60-day disabled list. Inge underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a
torn labrum in his right shoulder last week.
09/24 02:24:24 ET