The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics by the score of 2-1 on Friday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and for the first time in a while was great. He looked like the ace that he is, Rafael Soriano blew the save but Russell Martin was the hero with a walk off homerun. Jarrodd Parker was also great starting for the Athletics, their offensive hero was Brandon Moss.
Sabathia pitched eight shutout innings giving up three hits. He walked two and struck out eleven. Soriano pitched an inning giving up a run on a hit with two walks and a strikeout and David Robertson picked up his second win of the season pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout. Parker pitched eight innings giving up six hits and a run with seven strikeouts and Sean Doolittle pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with two strikeouts. Doolittle lost his first game of the season.
Derek Jeter had a hit, Nick Swisher had a hit and Alex Rodriguez had two hits. Curtis Granderson had an RBI, Martin had a hit and an RBI and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits. Eduardo Nunez had a hit, Martin hit a homerun and the Yankees were 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Suzuki and Nunez each had a stolen base.
Cowgill had a hit, Gomes drew a walk and Chris Carter drew a walk. Moss had a hit and an RBI, Bud Norris drew a walk and Stephen Drew had two hits and drew a walk. Moss hit a homerun and the Athletics were 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Crisp had a stolen base and Cespedes had an outfield assist.
Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the ninth Moss hit a solo homerun to tie the game at one and in the tenth Martin hit a solo homerun to end the game and give the Yankees a 2-1 victory.
The Yankees have won six straight games and this was the first of a three game series. The Yankees remain one game ahead of Baltimore for first place in the AL East. The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon. The Yankees record improved to 87-63 and the Athletics record dropped to 85-65.
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