Yankees Shutout A’s 2-0, Win Fifth Straight, Sweep Series
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight scoreless innings and Andruw Jones hit a solo homer that helped the New York Yankees win their season-high fifth straight game, 2-0 over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
The Yankees got off to a strong start to their nine-game road trip by sweeping the three-game series in Oakland, extending their winning streak at the Coliseum to nine games. That is tied for the second-longest winning streak ever by a road team in Oakland, trailing only Baltimore’s 13-game run from 1976-79.
Derek Jeter singled to lead off the game for his 3,155th career hit, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer George Brett to move into sole possession of 14th place all-time.
“He’s been the backbone of this organization for a long, long time and when a guy like that passes you, I’d like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say congratulations,” Brett said in a statement released by the Yankees.
The A’s managed just four hits off Kuroda (4-6) to wrap up a horrid homestand in which they went 1-5 and scored just eight runs against the Los Angeles Angels and Yankees. Oakland batted .157 for the homestand and lost the final five games for their longest skid of the season.
The lack of hitting wasted another strong home start from rookie Tommy Milone (6-4), who escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first and limited New York to Jones’ second-inning homer before tiring in the seventh.
Milone allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, leaving after Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double to make it 2-0. This was the first time in five home starts that Milone allowed more than one earned run and that proved to be far too much to overcome as the A’s were shut out for the eighth time this season.
After allowing a leadoff single to Jemile Weeks, Kuroda retired the next 11 hitters. The A’s got two hits in the fifth but Kila Ka’aihue hit into a double play after Seth Smith’s leadoff single.
The only real trouble Kuroda faced came in the seventh when the A’s put runners on first and third with one out. But Kuroda struck out Ka’aihue and got Josh Donaldson to fly out to end the threat.
Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
New York’s bases-loaded woes once again in the first when Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher popped up to leave three runners stranded. The Yankees have one hit in their last 29 plate appearances with the bases loaded.
Jones then led off the second with his fifth home run, New York’s seventh homer of the series. That last tied the Yankees for the major league lead in homers with Baltimore at 72 as New York improved to 26-11 in games with a homer. The Yankees are winless in 10 games when they do not go deep.
NOTES: Yankees C Russell Martin sat for a second straight day with a stiff neck. … Oakland OF Coco Crisp stole two bases in the seventh to give him 29 straight successful steals, breaking Stan Javier’s Oakland record of 28. … Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes (strained left hand) took BP before the game and will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. … The A’s will get 3B Brandon Inge (strained right groin) back from the DL on Monday when they open a three-game series in Minnesota. Travis Blackley will make his first major league start for Oakland since 2007 in the opener. … Orange County native Phil Hughes (4-5) takes the mound for the Yankees on Monday when they open a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels.
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