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 in New York 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 at 1, stunning the boisterous crowd of 40,759 into silence. It was Soriano’s fourth blown save in 46 chances.
Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Ichiro Suzuki continued his torrid pace with two more hits.
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-and-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.
Rays 12, Blue Jays 1 — James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay’s suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention with a victory over visiting Toronto.
Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of Shields (15-9), who limited the Blue Jays to six singles and struck out nine to reach 200 for the second straight year.