Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher belted two-run
homers, and Ivan Nova stretched his road unbeaten streak as the New York
Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, on Friday night.
Robinson Cano added a solo blast for the Yankees, who have won seven in a row
at Oakland and 28 of the last 35 contests between these two teams since the
start of the 2008 season.
Nova (5-2), who allowed six hits and three runs over seven frames, is
undefeated in his last 12 road starts, going 9-0 in that stretch since a loss
in Anaheim on June 3 of last season.
Josh Reddick and Kila Ka'aihue homered for the Athletics, who lost their third
in a row.
Tyson Ross (2-5) gave up 11 hits and six runs -- three earned -- over 4 1/3
The Yankees got a fortunate deflection off the glove of Coco Crisp to start
the scoring in the opener of this three-game series. Curtis Granderson singled
with one out in the third, and with two down Cano sent a line drive to center
field. Crisp raced over and leaped for the ball, which glanced off his glove
to account for the first run. Teixeira then homered to right field.
Reddick hit a ball over the wall in right in the fourth, but the Yankees
smacked two over the fence in the ensuing inning. Cano led off with a shot to
Teixeira doubled down the left field line when Seth Smith failed to make a
sliding catch, but Teixeira was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
After Raul Ibanez doubled to center, Swisher crushed a pitch over the wall in
left. That was the last batter faced by Ross, who was replaced by Jerry
Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly scored Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the fifth
and Ka'aihue homered to right leading off the seventh.
Rafael Soriano gave up a double to Donaldson with two outs in the ninth, but
Daric Barton then struck out. Soriano nailed down his fourth save of 2012.
Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play to stop a bases-loaded chance in
the top of the fourth. The Yankees are batting .174 (8-for-46) with the bases
loaded this season...The Yankees have won 11 of their last 12 at Oakland.
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