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NEW YORK -- Gio Gonzalez wasn't around to see Landon Powell and the Oakland offense finally come alive. The Athletics starter was in a tunnel deep inside Yankee Stadium, escaping the heat between innings on a warm Saturday afternoon.
The young left-hander had to rely on groans from the crowd to know when the A's finally broke through, taking advantage of a debatable decision by New York manager Joe Girardi to beat the Yankees 6-4 and snap their eight-game winning streak.
"I just kept staring at the ground," said Gonzalez, who rebounded from a rough start to pitch two-hit ball into the seventh inning. "I just tried to stay calm, take it inning by inning, like it was 0-0."
Gonzalez (2-2) wiggled out of his only real jam when he stranded Brett Gardner on third base by retiring the final two batters of the sixth, keeping Oakland within 1-0.
It proved to be an important escape act when the A's scored all their runs the next inning.
Scott Hairston doubled leading off and Nomar Garciaparra drew a walk before Pettitte (8-6) got Jack Cust to fly out. Girardi came out of the dugout to chat with his veteran left-hander, but elected to leave him in with three right-handed hitters coming up and righty reliever Alfredo Aceves warmed up in the bullpen.
It didn't work.
"That's Joe's call," Pettitte said. "The only bad pitch I felt I made, I backed up a curveball to the leadoff man and I should have bounced it. Once he got on, the inning just started to build."
Aceves got Mark Ellis to pop out before giving up three straight hits. By the time Orlando Cabrera laced a two-run double, Oakland led 6-1 and the Yankee Stadium crowd of 46,412 that had been enjoying a nice pitchers' duel on a pleasant day turned sour, showering Aceves with boos as he walked to the dugout.
"We haven't seen him have an inning like that all year," Girardi said.
Derek Jeter tried to rally New York with a two-run homer in the eighth, and Mark Teixeira followed with a long shot to right. But A's manager Bob Geren called on All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who got four tough outs to earn his 11th save.
Bailey put the first two runners on board in the ninth, but Jorge Posada grounded into a double play before Jeter flied out to center.
"Every time I get in a save situation, I let a guy or two on to make it interesting," Bailey said, smiling. "All day, the defense came up huge."
There have been 160 homers hit in the first 51 games at the new Yankee Stadium, matching last season's total in 81 games at the old park.
Powell and Cabrera each drove in a pair of runs for the A's, who also ended an eight-game losing streak to the Yankees that dated to last season.
The Athletics, in the midst of 28 straight games to begin the second half, had lost 17 of 26 and appeared to be going nowhere when they traded slugger Matt Holliday to St. Louis for three minor league prospects Friday.
Gonzalez provided an unlikely spark, after giving up a career-high four homers and 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings his last time out. The 23-year-old right-hander, with his father in the stands, used a hard-breaking curveball to strike out six in a career-best 6 2/3 innings.
"I thought that he was great and had good command today," Geren said. "I'll just dwell on the positive, but two out of his last three outings have been unbelievable."
Gonzalez certainly outpitched the 37-year-old Pettitte, who retired his first 10 batters and didn't allow a runner past first until the A's big seventh, and surprised a number of Yankees who couldn't believe he came into the game with a 9.33 ERA.
"Sneaky fastball and an effective curveball," Jeter said. "Who cares what he did the last time? He threw the ball well. We were sitting on the bench talking about how he had a 9-something ERA. He was outstanding. We couldn't get anything going."
|Gio Gonzalez doesn't have the best ERA (7.75), but he puts in almost seven solid innings of work. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Adam Kennedy, 3B||5||1||1||1||0||0||1||.284|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.276|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||1||1||0||0||3||2||.291|
|Nomar Garciaparra, DH||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.250|
|Jack Cust, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Rajai Davis, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.256|
|Bobby Crosby, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||2||0||.227|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.216|
|Landon Powell, C||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.263|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (23, Aceves), Scott Hairston (16, Pettitte)|
|RBI - Adam Kennedy (34), Orlando Cabrera 2 (41), Rajai Davis (11), Landon Powell 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (14), Orlando Cabrera 2 (23), Landon Powell 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Ellis-Cabrera-Crosby|
|Gio Gonzalez (W,2-2)||6.2||2||1||1||3||6||0||7.75|
|Andrew Bailey (S,11)||1.1||0||0||0||2||0||0||2.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 102-60, Michael Wuertz 25-19, Andrew Bailey 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 9-5, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Andrew Bailey 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 25, Michael Wuertz 7, Andrew Bailey 5|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, DH-SS||4||2||1||2||1||0||1||.319|
|Brett Gardner, CF||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.275|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.279|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.248|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.309|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.285|
|Cody Ransom, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.183|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.252|
|b- Johnny Damon, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Jose Molina, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.245|
|c- Jorge Posada, PH-C||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|a-flied out for Ransom in the 7th|
|b-walked for Bruney in the 9th|
|c-singled for Molina in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Swisher (20, Wuertz)|
|3B - Brett Gardner (6, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Derek Jeter (11, Wuertz), Mark Teixeira (25, Wuertz)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (41), Brett Gardner (20), Mark Teixeira (71)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|New York Yankees|
|Andy Pettitte (L,8-6)||6.1||5||4||4||1||7||0||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 99-66, Alfredo Aceves 13-11, David Robertson 15-11, Brian Bruney 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-5, Brian Bruney 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 25, Alfredo Aceves 4, David Robertson 4, Brian Bruney 4|
|Attendance - 46412|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover|