Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Yoenis Cespedes belted a two-run homer in the
first inning and Seth Smith added a two-run single in the third to back a
strong outing from A.J. Griffin, as the Athletics held off the New York
Yankees, 4-3, Thursday night.
Nick Swisher, who drove in two runs, belted a solo homer with one out in the
ninth inning off Ryan Cook, but Raul Ibanez struck out and Russell Martin
grounded out to end the game. Cook secured his 10th save.
Griffin (2-0), in just his fifth major league start, surrendered seven hits,
two runs and fanned four over six innings.
The A's, who posted their sixth win in seven contests, snapped a nine-game
home skid to the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira knocked in the other run for the Yankees, who had a three-game
win streak broken. Robinson Cano singled in the sixth inning to extend his
career-best hitting streak to 22 games.
Freddy Garcia lasted 5 2/3 innings and yielded nine hits and four runs before
being pulled after throwing 105 pitches.
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