Trevor Cahill has had a great season in Oakland this season, but the Yankees got to the young hurler early. Brett Gardner worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the first. Derek Jeter grounded into a force out, but Teixeira lined a single to right, moving Jeter to second. Cano connected with a RBI single, pushing Jeter across the plate for the Bombers first run of the game. Swisher then doubled to center, scoring Teixeira and Cano and tying up the game at 3-3.
The pitchers calmed down in the second inning, but the Yankee bats got to Cahill in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Teixeira went yard, putting the Yankees ahead for the first time Monday. Cano followed with a solo shot of his own and the Yankees were up 5-3.
The A’s got one back quickly in the top of the fourth as Larish sent a solo homer out, making it 4-5. Moseley was able to get out of the inning without any other trouble, however. Jorge Posada lead off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to third on Thames’ groundout and Curtis Granderson’s fly ball. Ramiro Pena then slapped a pitch that was low and away right back up the middle, and the Yankees lead 6-4.
Teixeira and Cano kept things moving for the Yankees. Teixeira doubled to center to lead off the fifth and Cano singled him in, moving to second on the throw home. The A’s had seen enough from Cahill, who exited the game with Cano on and no outs. A wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez sent Cano to third before Swisher doubled him in. Posada took a pitch off his shin and the Pinstripes had two on with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Marcus Thames followed with his tenth homer of the season, as the ball just stayed fair, giving New York an 11-4 lead after five.
Javier Vazquez, who came in for Moseley in the fifth, was still dealing in the top of the eighth. He gave up a lead off single to Cust, who moved to second on a wild pitch. Vazquez got Kouzmanoff to ground out, but Cust moved to third. With two outs, Larish hit a ground-rule double, bringing Cust home and putting the score at 11-5.
Dustin Moseley: He continues to get run support and he did calm down after his first inning, but giving up three runs immediately is never a good thing. He also only lasted 4.1 innings, as he continues to fail to go deep into a game. Moseley gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Derek Jeter: The Captain went 0-4 again, leaving three on base and scoring a run.
Curtis Granderson: Grandy also went 0-4 with a strikeout.
Mark Teixeira: Teix was a triple shy of the cycle (he has not hit a triple this season, though he had three last year). He was 3-3 with three runs scored an a RBI. He also walked once.
Javier Vazquez: With a two run lead and two runners on, Javier Vazquez came in during the fifth inning and essentially shut down the A’s, picking up the win. He gave up just two hits and one run over 4.2 innings. He walked one and struck out six. After his last couple performances out of the bullpen, you have to wonder when Javy will find himself back in the rotation.
Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher: Both went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cano scored three times and had a homer, while Swish scored once and picked up a pair of doubles.
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The Yankees will try to keep their win streak going when they face Vin Mazzaro tomorrow. Mazzaro is coming off a tough loss to the Indians and, despite putting up just a 3.89 ERA over the last six games, he has not picked up a win since July 24th. The young righty has done a solid job, but the Athletics have not been providing him with much run support. Phil Hughes will take the mound for the Yankees. He is coming off his ugliest game of the season, going just 3.2 innings while giving up five runs on six hits. The first pitch will be at 7:05pm at Yankee Stadium.