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Fresh off their best homestand in five years, the first-place New York Yankees packed up in their plush new clubhouse Sunday and got ready to take this winning show on the road.
"Our pitching staff deserves most of the credit," Jeter said. "I think everyone in here feels good about this team."
Robinson Cano had an early three-run double and the Yankees got a strong effort from the bullpen, increasing their AL East lead to 2½ games over Boston, which lost 6-2 at home to Baltimore.
New York bolted from the All-Star break with a stellar homestand that included seven games against last-place teams (Baltimore and Oakland) and three vs. AL Central-leading Detroit.
It was the most wins for the Yankees on a homestand since going 10-2 in June 2004. New York's .900 winning percentage was its best this decade on a homestand of at least nine games.
"Pretty awesome," reliever Brian Bruney said.
After winning for the 22nd time in 28 games, the Yankees hit the road for 19 of their next 26.
"We're right where we want to be," Hughes said. "We have to go on the road and expect to win. We want to go out there and win every single game. And really, with the guys in this room, we don't feel like there's any reason why we shouldn't."
Hughes provided more spotless relief -- with help from Bruney and Rivera.
Brought in to protect a two-run lead in the seventh, Hughes struck out three of his first four batters before running into trouble in the eighth. The right-hander issued a one-out walk before Daric Barton's double put runners on second and third.
Bruney, who has often struggled since returning from the disabled list, got the ball in a pressure situation for the first time in a while. He came through, too, striking out Mark Ellis.
"I think it's a big stepping stone for him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Brian is a guy who has no fear."
Girardi then went to Rivera, who retired pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra on a comebacker. That preserved Hughes' scoreless streak, up to 23 1/3 innings. He has not allowed a run in his past 16 appearances.
The 39-year-old Rivera fanned two in a perfect ninth, converting his 25th consecutive save and 29th in 30 chances this season. It was No. 511 of his career.
"His game hasn't changed much in a long while. Same guy, same results," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "The way he's pitching now looks like he could go on forever."
Phil Coke (2-3) got the win despite giving up a go-ahead homer in the sixth to Ellis, who had three RBI.
Oakland starter Dallas Braden (7-9) was done in by a career-high six walks. He allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"Extremely poor," Braden said. "Embarrassing performance."
New York was clinging to a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Barton beat out a potential double-play ball, extending the inning. Coke then threw a low breaking ball that Ellis pulled into the left-field seats for his fourth homer, putting Oakland ahead.
That didn't last long.
"It's pretty much a blueprint on how to get your team to hate you," Braden said. "It was a total team effort to get us the lead and then I went out and gave it back. Then a total team effort to get us the lead back, then I went out and gave it away again."
|Phil Hughes extends his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings before giving way to Brian Bruney. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Adam Kennedy, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.291|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.234|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.286|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.271|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.147|
|Bobby Crosby, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||1||1||3||0||1||2||.218|
|Eric Patterson, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.154|
|a- Nomar Garciaparra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Rajai Davis, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|a-grounded out for Patterson in the 8th|
|2B - Scott Hairston (17, Mitre), Daric Barton (3, Hughes)|
|HR - Mark Ellis (4, Coke)|
|SF - Mark Ellis (2)|
|RBI - Scott Hairston (37), Kurt Suzuki (44), Mark Ellis 3 (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (10)|
|SB - Orlando Cabrera (10, 2nd base off Mitre/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Sweeney 1|
|Dallas Braden (L,7-9)||5.2||10||7||7||6||2||0||3.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 103-59, Craig Breslow 15-6, Russ Springer 6-5, Brad Ziegler 22-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 5-8, Russ Springer 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 31, Craig Breslow 4, Russ Springer 2, Brad Ziegler 4|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||1||2||2||1||0||4||.321|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||2||1||0||1||0||3||.279|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.281|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||0||1||0||1||1||3||.287|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||1||1||1||1||0||4||.252|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.235|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||3||0||0||1||.309|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.287|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.200|
|2B - Johnny Damon (22, Braden), Mark Teixeira (26, Ziegler), Nick Swisher (21, Breslow), Robinson Cano (26, Braden), Cody Ransom 2 (9, Braden, Braden)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (43), Mark Teixeira (72), Hideki Matsui (44), Robinson Cano 3 (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (26), Hideki Matsui (17), Robinson Cano 3 (23)|
|PK - Derek Jeter (1, Braden)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Mitre-Jeter-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|E - Sergio Mitre (2, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|Phil Coke (BS,4; W,2-3)||1||2||1||1||0||0||1||3.80|
|Phil Hughes (H,8)||1.1||1||0||0||1||3||0||3.43|
|Brian Bruney (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.30|
|Mariano Rivera (S,29)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.11|
|HBP - Hairston (by Sergio Mitre)|
|WP - Phil Coke (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 74-47, Phil Coke 15-9, Phil Hughes 39-23, Brian Bruney 4-3, Mariano Rivera 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 9-3, Phil Coke 2-1, Mariano Rivera 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 23, Phil Coke 5, Phil Hughes 6, Brian Bruney 1, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Attendance - 46163|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|