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Yankees Defeat A's, 7-5, Behind Surprise Production

Pretty much sums up the 8th and 9th innings.
Pretty much sums up the 8th and 9th innings.

Russell Martin and Andruw Jones were racing toward the mendoza line, but today, each had a pair of hits and played key parts in completing a series win against the A's. Martin also made a leaping grab on a high throw from Robinson Cano to get Eric Sogard at the plate.

Outside of Martin and Jones, Eduardo Nunez pitched in with a key two-out double to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth that they would never relinquish.

Curtis Granderson hit his 27th homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth to give the Yanks a 5-2 lead, with Andruw Jones later adding an RBI infield single to make the score 6-2, chasing a shaky Gio Gonzalez in the process.

A Derek Jeter RBI groundout gave the Yankees a much needed insurance run, as Mariano Rivera came close to coughing up a quality outing from Bartolo Colon.

Colon was solid, tossing seven innings of two run ball while allowing eight hits and just one walk. He struck out four and had an 8:6 GO/AO ratio.

David Robertson was shaky coming out of the pen for the eighth, recording only two outs while allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.

Mo was called upon for a four-out save and got Robertson out of the mess he created, but got himself into a lot of trouble in the ninth. Four consecutive singles brought the tying run to second base before a lineout to Mark Teixeira and a step on first base ended the series with a win.

Meanwhile, Jesus Montero still wants to be called up.

 

Box Score.

Play of the Game: David DeJesus' game-ending lineout (-29.1%).