By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher hit
two-run homers to help the New York Yankees win for the seventh
straight time in Oakland, beating the Athletics 6-3 on Friday
Robinson Cano also homered and Ivan Nova (5-2) allowed three
runs in seven innings to win his ninth straight road decision. The
Yankees have won three straight following a stretch of six losses
in seven games.
Tyson Ross (2-5) allowed the three long balls which proved to be
too much for Oakland’s struggling offense to overcome as the A’s
lost their third straight game. Josh Reddick and Kila Ka’aihue hit
solo homers for Oakland.
The Yankees have overwhelmed the A’s of late, especially in
Oakland. Their last loss at the Coliseum came on April 22, 2010, in
a game remembered for the dustup between Alex Rodriguez and Dallas
Braden over A-Rod’s jog across Braden’s mound after a foul ball.
There were no such controversies this game as the Yankees bats
show signs of waking up after scoring just 15 runs during that
recent seven-game stretch. But some of their struggling high-priced
stars have come through of late. Rodriguez homered twice in a win
Wednesday against Kansas City to give him seven homers and Teixeira
connected against the Athletics for his sixth of the season.
Home runs are a good sign for the Yankees, who are 24-11 when
they go deep and winless in 10 games without a home run, and they
had little trouble going deep against Ross.
Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many
New York scored three unearned runs in the third thanks to an
error by center fielder Coco Crisp. Cano’s drive with two outs and
a man on first hit off Crisp’s glove for a two-base error that
scored Curtis Granderson. Teixeira followed with a drive into the
seats in right field to make it 3-0.
The Yankees missed a chance to add on in the fourth when
Rodriguez hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases
loaded. The Yankees have just one hit in their last 26 plate
appearances with the bases loaded.
After Reddick hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth for
Oakland, the Yankees broke it open in the fifth with a solo shot by
Cano and a two-run homer from Swisher to make it 6-1 and knock out
Ross. Ross allowed six runs _ three earned _ and 11 hits in 4 1-3
innings as his struggles against lefties continued. He allowed nine
hits in 15 at-bats against lefties and has allowed an AL-worst .425
average against them this season.
NOTES: The A’s hope to get 3B Brandon Inge (strained right
groin) back on Monday after he plays two games in Sacramento this
weekend. OF Yoenis Cespedes (strained left hand) will try to take
BP on the field Saturday and could start a rehab assignment next
week if that goes well. … Eric Chavez, who played with Oakland
from 1998-2010, returned as a visitor for the first time. He
lamented how close the A’s were to winning it all in the early
2000s and then looked over at teammate Derek Jeter and said “they
didn’t practice that play,” referring to Jeter’s famous relay flip
that helped the Yankees beat Oakland in the first round in the 2001
playoffs. … Former Yankee Bartolo Colon (4-4) will start the
middle game of the series for Oakland against Bay Area native CC
Sabathia (5-2). … The Yankees signed RHP John Maine to a minor
league deal. Maine, a 15-game winner with the Mets in 2007, has not
pitched in the majors since 2010.
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