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Yankees-A's Score: Yankees Hold On For 7-5 Victory

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - After snapping one embarrassing streak against the Yankees, 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.


Curtis Granderson belted a two-run homer, Bartolo Colon threw seven strong innings and Mariano Rivera 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 when David DeJesus lined into an unassisted double play to first baseman Mark Teixeira 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.

Final - 7.24.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 15 1
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)

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