The Oakland Athletics (88-66) avoided being swept by the New York Yankees (88-64) with a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Cliff Pennington drove in Josh Donaldson for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.
Reliever Jerry Blevins picked up the win for the A's, throwing 1 ⅓ innings in relief of starter A.J. Griffin. It was the fifth win of the season for Blevins.
Hiroki Kuroda took the loss for the Yankees, going to 14-11 on the season after giving up four earned run in 5 ⅔ innings. Kuroda allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out five A's in the loss.
Oakland opened the scoring in the top of the first when a wild pitch by Kuroda allowed Stephen Drew to score. They extended the lead in the second when Pennington hit a two-run home run to right field.
The Yankees answered in the fourth, scoring four runs thanks to a two-run home run from Nick Swisher, an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and an RBI groundout by Eduardo Nunez.
An RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes in the fifth inning tied the score at four.
Derek Jeter was the designated hitter for the Yankees and with a single in the third inning, one of two hits on the day, Jeter extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Swisher and Ibanez were the only other Yankees to collect multiple hits, each with two.
The Yankees go on the road to take on the Minnesota Twins on Monday. The first game of the three-game series is scheduled to begin at 8:10 p.m. ET at Target Field.
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