Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Russell Martin crushed a game-winning home run in
the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 2-1 victory
over the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a crucial three-game set at Yankee
New York held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but closer Rafael Soriano gave up
a one-out, pinch-hit blast to Brandon Moss to send the game to extra innings.
David Robertson (2-7) then retired the A's in order in the top of the 10th
before Martin jumped on the second pitch in the bottom half and launched it
into the left-field seats to send the Yankees to their sixth straight victory.
Sean Doolittle (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up Martin's solo
shot, as Oakland lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
The Yankees remain one game ahead of Baltimore atop the AL East after the O's
downed Tampa Bay on Friday. The A's dropped one game behind the Orioles for
the first AL wild card slot, but hold a four-game lead over the Angels for the
final playoff spot in the AL.
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