The Oakland A’s have defeated the New York Yankees by the final score of 5-2 in extra innings. Brandon Moss led the way with two homer runs in the first game of the series during a game that had an initial one hour and 12 minute delay due to weather.
When things finally got underway at Yankee Stadium it was Scott Kazmir who looked good and finished with 10 K’s in 6.2 innings pitched. He would allow just two runs, once in the first and once in the sixth.
The Yankees got on the board early in the first when Mark Texiera hit a bloop single to right down the line. That would be all in the first though, as Kazmir was able to escape relatively unscathed. He would go on to allow the other run, in the bottom of the sixth, on a solo shot with Texiera earning his second RBI of the game.
In the top of the fifth inning the Oakland A’s got on the scoreboard for the first time with a solo home run by Brandon Moss.
At that point it was 2-1, and in the top of the eighth it was Stephen Vogt who came through in the clutch as a pinch-hitter with a double to bring home Alberto Callaspo. That made it 2-2, and eventually we’d make our way to the tenth inning.
In the top of the tenth Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the night and with it came a 3-2 lead in extras. That wasn’t the end of it though as the Oakland A’s would pick up two more runs, first on a Jed Lowrie double then a Kyle Blanks single which brought Lowrie home. After the top of the inning it was 5-2.
In the bottom of the tenth Sean Doolittle came in and shut the Yankees offense down by going 1-2-3 and earning his sixth save of the season. Kazmir would pick a no decision, despite the well-pitched game, and Dan Otero picked up the win.
Tomorrow the series continues with Jesse Chavez (4-3, 2.78 ERA) set to take the mound again the Bronx Bombers.