Russell Martin's 10th-Inning Homer Gives Yanks Win Over Oakland

The AL East-leading Yankees beat the A's 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 11:01 PM EDT
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Martin's 10th-Inning Homer Gives Yanks Win

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Russell Martin pumps his fist as he leaves the field after celebrating his solo home run.

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Russell Martin led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer off Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win.

Brandon Moss hit a towering home run to right field with one out in the ninth inning off Rafael Soriano to spoil a dominant three-hit outing for CC Sabathia to tie it 1-all, stunning the boisterous crowd of 40,759 into silence. It was Soriano's fourth blown save in 46 chances.

With the win the Yankees have a chance to move two games up on the Baltimore Orioles for the first time since Sept. 2. The Orioles were playing in Boston. The A's, losers of four of five, were tied with Baltimore for the wild-card lead.

Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Ichiro Suzuki continued his torrid pace with two more hits — one getting caught in Jarrod Parker's jersey.

The Yankees lost four-straight one-run games in Oakland in mid-July that began a summer swoon in which they blew a 10-game division lead. Martin's second walkoff homer this season gave the Yankees their ninth win in 11 games.

David Robertson (2-7) pitched a perfect 10th for the victory. Doolittle (1-1) pitched the ninth before giving up Martin's homer on an 0-1 pitch.

Martin threw his helmet almost all the way to first base as he approached home then was engulfed by his teammates as he stepped on home plate.

Parker was in line for a loss despite matching Sabathia for eight innings. He gave up six hits and struck out seven in his first start at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia's performance had become one of the biggest question marks in the Yankees rotation the past several weeks. The big lefty was 0-3 in his last four starts and he gave up leads in each outing. After two stints on the disabled list, his velocity was down but he insisted he was OK. Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia was struggling with the command of his sinker and changeup.

He quickly put that to rest by striking out the side in the first with three breaking pitches. His velocity went up as the innings went by, ending the sixth by blowing a 96 mph a fastball past Jonny Gomes.

After a walk to Gomes with one out in the first, Sabathia retired 14 in a row before Stephen Drew's single leading off the sixth.

Sabathia gave up another hit to Drew with one out in the eighth. With two outs, Collin Cowgill beat out an infield single and Sabathia grazed Gomes with a pitch to load the bases. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild visited the mound as Robertson warmed up in the bullpen. But Sabathia remained and got J.J. Reddick to fly out to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat, ending the inning.

The A's lead the majors in striking out and they fanned 11 times while walking twice against Sabathia.

Any questions about Parker (11-9) being nervous in his first start at Yankee Stadium were dismissed right away with an eight pitch inning. He didn't give up a hit until he lost Suzuki's bouncer back to the mound with an out in the third inning got lost in his jersey. Parker grimaced in frustration as he failed to pull the ball out of his green and gold top.

The hit was Suzuki's 10th in his last 13 at-bats. Suzuki also had a hit in the sixth but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.

The Yankees scored in the fourth when Nick Swisher led off with a more traditional hit, a lined single to right field. Alex Rodriguez followed with a sharp single to center field. Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly.

Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to a season high-tying streak of 15 games with a sixth-inning single.

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