By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A.J. Burnett settled down after an early
homer to snap an 11-start winless streak on the road, and Nick
Swisher homered against his former team to help the New York
Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the 10th straight time, 4-2
Derek Jeter got his 2,984th hit and Alex Rodriguez drove in a
run for the Yankees, who have their longest winning streak against
the A’s since winning 14 in a row from 1956-57.
Josh Willingham hit a two-run home run and Gio Gonzalez (5-3)
took his first loss since April for Oakland, which was swept by the
Yankees in a three-game series and has lost 23 of the last 26
meetings against New York.
Burnett (6-3) had not won a game away from Yankee Stadium since
last July in Cleveland, going 0-5 with a 5.64 ERA in his previous
11 road starts. He looked to be on his way to another rough day
when Willingham homered in the first inning, but didn’t allow
Burnett gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings for the
fourth straight strong start from New York’s rotation, giving the
Yankees a season-long four-game win streak. Burnett allowed only
one hit after the first inning _ a two-out triple by Coco Crisp in
Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth, snaring a line
drive to start an inning-ending double play. Mariano Rivera
finished for his 14th save in 17 chances and first since May 10. It
was Rivera’s 1,002nd career appearance, tying Goose Gossage for
14th place all-time.
The A’s came into the series on a four-game winning streak with
their top three starters lined up to face the powerful Yankees. But
New York battered Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson and Gonzalez for 18
runs in the three-game sweep.
Gonzalez allowed four runs five hits and four walks in 6 1-3
For the third straight day, the A’s fell behind before even
coming to bat. After allowing two-run homers in the first inning
the past two days, Oakland managed to keep the deficit at one this
time: Jeter led off with a double _ the third straight game he has
opened with a hit _ and scored on Rodriguez’s two-out double.
That was the first hit allowed by Gonzalez in 22 at-bats with
runners in scoring position and two outs.
Oakland responded in the bottom half with a two-run homer of its
own. Willingham’s 10th of the season came with two outs and David
DeJesus on second, giving the A’s a 2-1 lead.
That ended a stretch of 60 straight innings that Oakland did not
hold a lead at the end of a frame against the Yankees.
The lead lasted only until the fourth inning, when Swisher
connected for a three-run shot off Gonzalez, one of the players the
A’s acquired when they dealt Swisher to the Chicago White Sox three
Notes: Yankees LHP CC Sabathia threw out the ceremonial first
pitch as part of a ceremony to honor the Little League program in
his hometown of Vallejo, Calif. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes
(shoulder inflammation) threw about 50 pitches in a bullpen session
the game and is scheduled to face hitters Saturday in Anaheim. …
Oakland DH Hideki Matsui, who is hitting just .222, got his second
straight day off against a RHP. … Oakland reliever Joey Devine
has not allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive innings dating to
May 23, 2008.
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