Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - After snapping one embarrassing streak against the, the A's took aim at halting another one.
But just when it looked like they might have a chance, the bid was stopped by a familiar arm.
belted a two-run homer, threw seven strong innings and escaped sticky jams in the eighth and ninth innings Sunday to give the Yankees a 7-5 win over the A's in the finale of their three-game series.
Oakland, after snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Yankees on Saturday, was trying to beat them in back-to-back games for the first time in more than four years.
But Rivera stopped a two-run rally in the eighth, coming out of the bullpen to end it with just two pitches. He gave up a run in the ninth, but the A's left the bases loaded whenlined into an unassisted double play to first baseman to end the game.
Former Yankee Hideki Matsui was 5-for-5 with an RBI double for the A's, who have lost 14 of their last 16 games in the Bronx.
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|New York Yankees||0||1||0||2||3||0||0||1||X||7||9||1|
|WP: Bartolo Colon (7 - 6)
SV: Mariano Rivera (25)
LP: Gio Gonzalez (9 - 7)