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Yankees sneak past Athletics in 14 innings

3:08 PM, Sep 22, 2012   |    comments
Eduardo Nunez of the New York Yankees is doused with water by Nick Swisher after being called safe on a fielding error by first basemen Brandon Moss (not Pictured) allowing the game-winning run to score in the 14th inning as Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics walks off the field at Yankee Stadium. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
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BRONX, NY - Eduardo Nunez hit a grounder to first that was bobbled with the bases loaded in the 14th inning to give the New York Yankees a 10-9 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second game of three.

Eric Chavez singled to start the inning off of Tyson Ross (2-10) and was replaced on base by Melky Mesa. A sacrifice bunt by Derek Jeter moved the runner into scoring position and Ichiro Suzuki was then intentionally walked. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single to center that should have drove in the winner, but Mesa missed third as he rounded the bag and had to come back.

Robinson Cano then hit a grounder to the right of the mound that Ross bobbled, but he recovered and fired home for the second out. Nunez followed with a sharp grounder to first and Brandon Moss bobbled the ball, allowing Suzuki to score the winning run.

New York stayed a game ahead of Baltimore for first place in the AL East. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox in 12 innings earlier on Saturday.

Oakland saw its lead for the final wild card spot in the AL fall to three games ahead of the Angels, who are playing the White Sox later on Saturday.

 

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