First Posted: 5/3/2013
NEW YORK — A.J. Griffin pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, Adam Rosales homered on CC Sabathia’s first pitch, and the Oakland Athletics opened its 10-game road trip with its fourth win in five games blanking the New York Yankees 2-0 on Friday.
Coming off two losses in which he allowed 11 earned runs and 13 hits in 11 innings, Griffin struck out four, walked one and was removed for Sean Doolittle after Brett Gardner’s bunt single to start the eighth. The Yankees had two runners on base only once, in the third inning, and Griffin (3-2) needed only nine pitches in the each of the fourth through sixth innings.
Derek Norris hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to help Oakland and Grant Balfour got the final out for his fourth save this season and 22nd in a row since blowing one on April 29, 2012, securing the Athletics’ 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 mph fastball from Sabathia (4-3) deep into the to left field stands.
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 0
TORONTO — Felix Hernandez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third straight start, Kyle Seager and Jason Bay homered and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Toronto Blue Jays.
Seager had three hits as the Mariners won for the sixth time in eight games.
Indians 7, Twins 6, 10 inn.
CLEVELAND — Drew Stubbs’ RBI double with one out in the 10th inning lifted Cleveland to its fifth straight victory.
Stubbs, who had four hits, drove a 1-0 pitch from Casey Fien off the wall to give Cleveland its first five-game win streak since April 26-May 3, 2011.