Roundup: Rosales, Griffin lead A’s past Yankees

A.J. Griffin pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning Friday night and Adam Rosales homered on CC Sabathia’s first pitch, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees Friday night in New York.

Derek Norris hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to help Oakland open its 10-game road trip with its fourth win in five games.

Griffin (3-2) serenaded his teammates in the clubhouse with guitar and song in English, Spanish, and French before preparing for his sixth start of the season.


The Yankees had two runners on base only once, in the third inning, and Griffin needed only nine pitches in the each of the fourth through sixth innings. He struck out four, walked one, and was removed for Sean Doolittle after Brett Gardner’s bunt single to start the eighth.

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Grant Balfour got the final out for his fourth save this season and 22d in a row since blowing one April 29, 2012, for Oakland’s first nine-inning shutout of the year.

Rosales was batting leadoff for the first time in his career because Coco Crisp is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He hit an 89-m.p.h. fastball from Sabathia (4-3) into the left-field stands.

Reds 6, Cubs 5 — Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and Cincinnati held off host Chicago.

Tigers 4, Astros 3 — Alex Avila hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit in Houston. After closer Jose Veras walked Don Kelly to open the inning, Avila hit a 3-and-1 pitch to deep center field.


Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6 — Yonder Alonso hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning and host San Diego held on to beat Arizona for its seventh win in nine games.

Rays 7, Rockies 4 — Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning and Kelly Johnson later added a two-run homer, helping Tampa Bay to a win in Denver.

Angels 4, Orioles 0 — Jason Vargas pitched a three-hitter for his first victory with his new club, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered, and host Los Angeles shut out Baltimore.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 1 — Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran homered and Shelby Miller pitched six strong innings to help St. Louis beat host Milwaukee. Miller (4-2) gave up seven hits and a walk in six innings while striking out five.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1 — Buster Posey hit a game-ending home run into the left-field seats leading off the bottom of the ninth, as San Francisco beat Los Angeles.


Mets 7, Braves 5 — David Wright hit a tying home run in the ninth inning off closer Craig Kimbrel and New York scored twice in the 10th to win in Atlanta.

Indians 7, Twins 6 — Drew Stubbs’s RBI double with one out in the 10th inning lifted host Cleveland over Minnesota for its fifth straight victory.

Pirates 3, Nationals 1 — A.J. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking home run to lead Pittsburgh over visiting Washington.

Phillies 4, Marlins 1 — Jonathan Pettibone pitched neatly into the seventh, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown hit solo homers, and host Philadelphia beat Miami.

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 0 — Felix Hernandez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third straight start, Kyle Seager and Jason Bay homered, and Seattle blanked host Toronto.

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The Royals’ game against the White Sox in Kansas City, Mo., was postponed due to weather on Friday and will be made up Monday, when the teams are scheduled to have a day off.