Cliff Pennington hit a single to center in the top of the third. Phil Hughes walked Coco Crisp and Daric Barton to load the bases. Kurt Suzuki hit a sac fly to center, pushing Pennington across the plate and making the score 3-1. Teixeira singled to right and Swisher hit a two-run homer to right, giving the Yankees a comfortable 5-1 lead.
Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to start the fourth inning. Ellis followed with a line drive single to right and both runners moved over when Hughes let loose a wild pitch. Rajai Davis grounded out to second, scoring Kouzmanoff and moving Ellis to third. Pennington worked a walk, but Crisp popped out to get Hughes out f trouble, as the score sat at 5-2.
The Yankees really broke away from the Athletics in the bottom of the fourth. Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer with one out. Ramiro Pena legged out an infield single and Gardner worked a walk to put two on with one out. Jeter lined out to right, but Teixeira hit his 30th homer this season, sending the ball deep to right, for a 9-2 New York lead.
A solo homer by Barton in the seventh would be too little, too late for Oakland, as the Yankees coasted to their fourth straight win with a 9-3 victory. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays beat up the Rays 13-5.
Derek Jeter: The Captain continues to be cold at the plate, going 0-3 with a walk and run scored.
Marcus Thames: Thames has been pretty incredible of late, but Tuesday night he struggled, going 0-4 with three strikeouts and leaving four on base.
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira went 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs on a big homer to right.
Jorge Posada: Jorge went 2-3 with a RBI and a triple. The last triple Posada hit was in 2008 and it was just his 10th career three bagger.
Nick Swisher: Swish went 1-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and his 25th homer of the season.
In The On Deck Circle:
A.J. Burnett will try to start September off by getting back on track after a dismal August and a particularly miserable start in Chicago. He went just 3.1 innings and gave up nine runs (eight earned). He is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA over his last three starts. Brett Anderson will take the ball for Oakland. He is also looking for a better outing, after going just two innings against Texas in his last start. He gave up four runs on six hits and left early after injuring his knee. Lefty hitters are having a good season against the young southpaw, hitting .338 against Anderson this year. Over twelve starts, Anderson has given up just twelve bases on balls, while he has struck out 47. First pitch is at 7:05pm.