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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Several players gathered around a high-definition TV on one end of the Oakland Athletics clubhouse, shouting and screaming at the highlights they just made happen with another dose of late-inning drama.
A tying home run. A game-ending single. Players streaming out of the dugout, mobbing the final hitter on the field. A whipped-cream pie in the face -- maybe two -- and a sports-drink bath to wash it all down.
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No matter how many times the scene unfolds, it never seems to get old in Oakland this season.
Seth Smith hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 12th and the surging A's rallied from four runs down to stun the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday and complete a four-game sweep. Oakland improved to 14-2 in July, the best record in the majors during that span, with a league-leading 11th walk-off victory.
"I don't think there was anybody in the dugout or in the stands," Smith said, "who didn't think we were going to win."
Smith hit a home run to center feild with one out in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano to force extra innings.
The AL East-leading Yankees had not been swept in a four-game series since May 2003 against Toronto. All four losses were by one run.
"It's no fun," manager Joe Girardi said.
Crisp's humpback liner to right field on a "nasty sinker" by Cody Eppley (0-2) scored Norris from second without a throw from Andruw Jones, who bobbled the ball as he tried to make the transfer. The A's came streaming out of the dugout to celebrate their fifth straight victory, grabbing whipped-cream pies that have become so routine that concession workers behind the dugout already have them prepared.
"The music after the game. The pie in the face versus the shaving cream. It's always a better feeling to win than to lose," Crisp said. "I guess that's the thing that I like the most right now."
Jerry Blevins (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.
A year after Michael Lewis' best-selling book Moneyball -- which chronicled the 2002 Athletics -- hit the big screen and turned general manager Billy Beane into a starring role played by Brad Pitt, Oakland is suddenly back in the AL playoff chase despite baseball's lowest opening-day payroll at about $53 million.
By contrast, the Yankees checked in at around $200 million. A pair of New York stars -- slugger Alex Rodriguez ($30 million) and ace CC Sabathia ($24.3 million) -- are making more money combined this year than all of the A's.
Still, Oakland is in a three-way tie with Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels for the two American League wild-card spots.
"To keep competing after so many games where you're so drained and then compete as hard as we've competed all year in this game, you've got to find that pretty special," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Crisp became the first A's player to have two game-ending RBI this season, following his sacrifice fly against Boston on July 3.
But the surprising A's delivered another win because of the long ball.
Smith sent his 11th home run just over the 400-foot sign in center. It was the first homer of the season allowed by Soriano, who blew his second save in 26 chances this season while filling in for injured Mariano Rivera.
"Everybody has a bad day," Soriano said. "Today was the second time for me."
The Yankees had chances to rally back.
Josh Reddick had trouble with Mark Teixeira's fly ball in the sun in right field leading off the 12th. The ball glanced off Reddick's glove for an error, and Teixeira slid in safely at second after shortstop Eric Sogard couldn't handle the throw.
Blevins forced flyouts by Cano, Raul Ibanez and Chavez between an intentional walk to Rodriguez to keep the game tied.
Strong pitching carried Oakland all series -- and has all month, really.
The Yankees chased Colon after he allowed eight hits and one intentional walk in 6 2/3 innings. Colon struck out five while tossing 84 pitches.
Teixeira blooped an RBI single to center for the fourth straight soft single to begin the third inning, and Rodriguez drove in a pair with a one-out double off the wall in left-center to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Curtis Granderson followed with a two-out shot in the fourth -- on an 0-2 pitch from Colon -- that landed in the seats in right field for his 26th home run.
Inge and Suzuki each hit solo home runs to left in the fifth to slice New York's lead to 4-2. The long ball was the 10th this season for Inge and first for Suzuki, who snapped a career-long drought of 78 games.
It was the third time this year that Sabathia, who grew up about 30 miles north of Oakland in Vallejo, has allowed two home runs in a game.
The A's picked up another run in the sixth when Inge beat out a potential double play to allow Yoenis Cespedes to score.
The four-game sweep was a far cry from New York's first visit to Oakland in late May when the Yankees overwhelmed the A's in a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak at the Coliseum to nine games. That was part of a nine-game overall losing streak for the A's, who have recovered to post the second-best record in the majors behind the Yankees since June 2.
|Seth Smith's ninth-inning home run ties the game and forces extra innings where the A's win it in 12. (Getty Images)|
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|New York Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||2||2||1||1||1||0||.249|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||6||0||2||1||0||1||1||.257|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||6||0||2||0||0||0||4||.318|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||5||0||1||2||1||3||3||.272|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||6||0||1||0||0||1||5||.241|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||5||0||1||0||1||1||3||.276|
|Jayson Nix, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.235|
|Derek Jeter, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.311|
|Dewayne Wise, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Chris Stewart, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|a-struck out for Wise in the 11th|
|2B - Alex Rodriguez (13, Colon)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (26, Colon)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (53), Mark Teixeira (65), Alex Rodriguez 2 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (21)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Jayson Nix (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (H,11)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.20|
|Rafael Soriano (BS,2)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||1.66|
|Cody Eppley (L,0-2)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 98-68, David Robertson 18-14, Rafael Soriano 23-15, David Phelps 19-12, Clay Rapada 5-5, Cody Eppley 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 7-8, David Robertson 1-0, David Phelps 1-1, Clay Rapada 1-0, Cody Eppley 1-0|
|Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, David Robertson 4, Rafael Soriano 5, David Phelps 5, Clay Rapada 2, Cody Eppley 3|
|Jemile Weeks, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.216|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|a- Coco Crisp, PH-DH||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.248|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||0||1||0||1||2||2||.271|
|Yoenis Cespedes, CF||5||1||0||0||0||2||4||.299|
|Chris Carter, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.297|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||5||1||1||2||0||1||0||.200|
|Seth Smith, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||.249|
|Brandon Hicks, SS||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.158|
|b- Eric Sogard, PH-SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.154|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.211|
|c- Brandon Moss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Derek Norris, C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.183|
|a-singled for Gomes in the 8th|
|b-singled for Hicks in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Suzuki in the 9th|
|2B - Josh Reddick (19, Sabathia)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (10, Sabathia), Seth Smith (11, Soriano), Kurt Suzuki (1, Sabathia)|
|SH - Jemile Weeks (5)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp (19), Brandon Inge 2 (44), Seth Smith (33), Kurt Suzuki (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (10), Kurt Suzuki (7)|
|SB - Coco Crisp (19, 2nd base off Robertson/Stewart)|
|CS - Brandon Inge (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/Stewart)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Josh Reddick (3, Dropped fly)|
|Jerry Blevins (W,3-0)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.45|
|IBB - Chavez by Bartolo Colon, Rodriguez by Jerry Blevins|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 84-58, Jordan Norberto 41-24, Grant Balfour 16-11, Jerry Blevins 33-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-8, Jordan Norberto 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 29, Jordan Norberto 9, Grant Balfour 5, Jerry Blevins 8|
|Attendance - 30470|
|Game Time - 3:44|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Wally Bell|