NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by his teammates Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez #13 and Derek Jeter for his grand slam home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on August 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Yankees Slam Athletics, 22-9; New York Hits Record Three Grand Slams

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Yankees-Athletics Score: New York Hits Record Three Grand Slams, Wins, 22-9

Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium the New York Yankees truly were the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three grand slams in one game en route to scoring 20 runs over four innings in a 22-9 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all hit grand slams. Martin also hit a solo home run and went 5-for-5 with six RBI as the Yankees overcame a 7-1 deficit for an overwhelming victory.

Cano hit his grand slam in the fifth inning, Martin got his in the sixth and Granderson knocked a 94 mph fastball from Bruce Billings into the bullpen in the eighth inning to set the mark.

The game was delayed 89 minutes at the start because of rain and took 4 hours and 31 minutes to play. Things got so out of hand that Jorge Posada played second base for the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth and recorded the last out on a ground ball.

Phil Hughes was shaky as the starter for the Yankees, lasting only 2.2 innings and being charged with six runs on seven hits. In the end, though, the Yankees made Hughes’ struggles a distant memory.


Yankees-Athletics Score: Coco Crisp Leads Oakland To 6-4 Victory

Rafael Soriano surrendered a three-run 10th inning home run to Coco Crisp, providing the difference Wednesday night as the New York Yankees lost to the Oakland Athletics, 6-4.

Crisp homered from both sides of the plate during a four-hit, five-RBI effort for the A’s, who have won four of five, including the first two meetings in this three-game set.

Scott Sizemore also went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Oakland’s win, which was credited to Fautino De Los Santos (2-0) for tossing a perfect ninth.

Nick Swisher homered twice, and Mark Teixeira added a game-tying solo blast in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough as New York lost for the third time in four games to fall one game behind AL East-leading Boston.

Soriano (2-2) gave up a pair of one-out singles in the 10th before fanning Jemile Weeks. The set-up man went with a breaking ball on his first pitch to the left-handed-hitting Crisp, and the hanger was crushed into the second deck in right.

“[Soriano] threw [a slider], I reacted and I caught the barrel,” recalled Crisp, whose homer snapped Oakland’s string of 10 straight series losses to the Yankees.

Andrew Bailey surrendered a solo homer to Swisher in the bottom half before finishing off his second straight save and 18th of the season.

Crisp hit CC Sabathia’s third pitch of the game over the left-field wall for the early lead, but the Yankees tied things in the third when Brett Gardner singled, stole second and scored on Derek Jeter’s base hit to center.

The Yankees went ahead on Swisher’s solo shot in the sixth, and appeared ready to even the series before Sabathia hit a rough patch in the eighth.

Kurt Suzuki led off the frame with a single and Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a brief visit to the mound after a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner into scoring position for Sizemore, who had doubled and singled off Sabathia in their first two encounters.

The pep talk didn’t work, as Sizemore doubled to the left-field wall on an 0-2 pitch, bringing in Suzuki with the tying run.

“Tonight was totally my fault. It was a 2-1 game in the eighth with the lead, and it was time for me to shut it down,” Sabathia said. “It just didn’t work out.”

David Robertson relieved Sabathia and walked Weeks on five pitches before Crisp dribbled one up the middle to knock in Sizemore. Robertson limited the damage by getting Hideki Matsui on a line drive to short for an unassisted double play.

Teixeira made it 3-3 just five pitches into the bottom half, taking a Grant Balfour offering over the wall in right-center for his 35th home run of the year.

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