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Freiman's 18th-inning single lifts A's over Yanks

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Maybe a game-winning, broken-bat hit against baseball's career saves leader in the 18th inning will get Nate Freiman in a nice groove again.

Freiman singled home the winning run against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday for a three-game sweep.

"It was his deal," Freiman said of the cut fastball he saw. "That one he always throws."

As a day game after a night game turned into a night game after a day game, John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne (0-1) to start the decisive rally and went to third on Seth Smith's soft single to shallow left field against Rivera.

Rivera issued only the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career to Jed Lowrie before Freiman ended the 5-hour, 35-minute game on New York's getaway day to Anaheim for a weekend series with the Angels.

"A little broken-bat blooper over the third baseman, and the other one the same place," Rivera said. "You can't do anything about it."

Freiman knew he had it, raising his right arm in triumph.

"I knew that was not getting to the left fielder. I knew it was falling," he said.

Moments later, Freiman received a celebratory whipped cream pie in the face following his first career game-ending hit -- and Oakland's fifth of 2013 after compiling a major league-best 14 walk-off wins last year. He had entered the game in the top of the 16th.

The AL West-leading A's (41-27) won their 11th in a row at home, 21st in 26 overall, and moved a season-best 14 games above .500 to extend their best start since 1990. They became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since Oakland and the Washington Senators did so in 1971.

Freiman's wife, LPGA golfer Amanda Blumenherst, quickly congratulated her husband on Twitter: "Ahhh!! Nate just ended the 18 inning game! Bases loaded, single!! Pie in the face! Athletics win!"

Each team used seven pitchers and threw 255 pitches. In all, 137 batters came to the plate -- short of the season high of 156 during Oakland's 19-inning win over the Angels in April and also the 20-inning game between the Marlins and Mets last Saturday.

"It was very taxing even winning the game. To lose could have been demoralizing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "These are awful games to lose."

New York made a dramatic play in the bottom of the 15th to keep the game going.

Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp singled to left with one out and Vernon Wells made a perfect throw to catcher Chris Stewart, who blocked the plate and absorbed a collision to prevent Brandon Moss from scoring the winning run.

The A's had already begun streaming out of the dugout to celebrate.

The Yankees had runners in scoring position in each of the extra innings through 14, stranding 11 baserunners. They left 13 on base in all while dropping their seventh in a row at the Oakland Coliseum.

Pitching for the first time in eight days, Jesse Chavez (1-0) struck out seven in 5 2-3 scoreless innings.

Chavez fanned Kevin Youkilis and Wells with two on to end the 13th, then Travis Hafner and Wells in the 15th.

Jerry Blevins escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th with two strikeouts. Pat Neshek worked out of trouble with runners on first and second in the 12th.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the first as New York ended a season-long five-game stretch without a long ball, but the Yankees didn't score again on another day of missed opportunities.

"I think it's probably a little more frustrating because you can look at how you had an opportunity here and an opportunity there," manager Joe Girardi said. "A lot of guys probably look at that, but it doesn't change the result."

It was the longest day game in Coliseum history.

Neither A' starter Jarrod Parker nor New York counterpart Hiroki Kuroda got a decision after a nice pitchers' duel hours before the game ended.

After Smith's tying, two-out double in the third, Oakland didn't reach base again until Jaso's bloop single leading off the ninth.

Oakland won the season series 5-1 for its second-best mark against the Yankees in franchise history. The 1990 club went 12-0.

The A's tied it at 2 in the third on a close play at the plate. Smith doubled off the wall in right and the relay throw was on target to Stewart, who tagged Jaso with his glove but had the ball in his bare hand.

Jaso was called safe by plate umpire CB Bucknor, drawing an argument from Girardi.

Earlier in the inning, Derek Norris' RBI groundout scored Chris Young, who drew a leadoff walk. Eric Sogard followed with a single before the A's pulled off a double steal.

Parker, riding a three-start winning streak, was helped by a pair of double plays in the first four innings.

Kuroda's winless stretch reached five starts since he beat Toronto on May 17. He became the third Japanese-born pitcher with 1,000 innings in the majors, joining Hideo Nomo and Tomo Ohka.

Girardi bumped Jayson Nix up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order from eighth a night earlier to shake things up and get the Yankees going, but Nix went 1 for 5 with a strikeout to end the 12th.

Notes

  • Yankees captain Derek Jeter had his surgically repaired left ankle examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., and was cleared to resume baseball activities and running.
  • Crisp (bruised heel) and LF Yoenis Cespedes (tight left hamstring) were held out of the starting lineup.
  • Rivera received a surfboard and a bottle of white wine from Napa Valley from the A's in a pregame ceremony, along with a $10,042 donation to his foundation.
  • The A's are 7-0-2 in their last nine series.
  • New York agreed to contract terms with Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo, who signed for $1,839,400. He was the 26th overall pick in last week's draft and one of three first-round selections by the Yankees.
 
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Nate Freiman celebrates after hitting the game-winning single off Mariano Rivera in the 18th inning.  (USATSI)
Nate Freiman celebrates after hitting the game-winning single off Mariano Rivera in the 18th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Jaso
AB 7
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF6120211 .284
Jayson Nix, SS5010013 .249
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1000002 .245
    Reid Brignac, SS1000000 .205
Robinson Cano, 2B6132201 .282
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000234 .163
Travis Hafner, DH8000037 .220
Kevin Youkilis, 3B7000136 .219
Vernon Wells, LF8000033 .229
Ichiro Suzuki, RF7030001 .264
Chris Stewart, C6010012 .275
Totals602102715  
a-fouled out for Nix in the 14th
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (15, Parker), Robinson Cano 2 (14, Parker, Okajima)
HR - Robinson Cano (16, Parker)
SH - Jayson Nix (3), Chris Stewart (3)
RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (42)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (6, 2nd base off Cook/Norris)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 8222230 2.78
David Robertson 1200030 2.30
Boone Logan 0.2000010 1.45
Shawn Kelley 0.1000010 4.62
Adam Warren 6400240 3.12
Preston Claiborne (L,0-1) 1.1211010 0.86
Mariano Rivera0200100 1.48
IBB - Lowrie by Mariano Rivera
WP - Adam Warren (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 103-63, David Robertson 22-14, Boone Logan 15-9, Shawn Kelley 3-3, Adam Warren 85-56, Preston Claiborne 17-13, Mariano Rivera 10-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 9-11, Boone Logan 1-0, Adam Warren 6-7, Preston Claiborne 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 27, David Robertson 5, Boone Logan 2, Shawn Kelley 1, Adam Warren 23, Preston Claiborne 6, Mariano Rivera 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, DH7220100 .280
Seth Smith, LF8031031 .273
Jed Lowrie, SS6010201 .297
Josh Donaldson, 3B6000022 .310
    Nate Freiman, 1B2011002 .277
Brandon Moss, 1B-3B7010022 .225
Josh Reddick, RF6010100 .187
Chris Young, CF4100111 .169
   a- Coco Crisp, PH-CF2020000 .297
Eric Sogard, 2B3010000 .264
   b- Adam Rosales, PH-2B4000044 .205
Derek Norris, C7001011 .195
Totals623123513  
a-singled for Young in the 15th
b-struck out for Sogard in the 10th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (15, Kuroda)
RBI - Seth Smith (25), Nate Freiman (16), Derek Norris (15)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (9)
SB - Chris Young (6, 3rd base off Kuroda/Stewart), Eric Sogard (6, 2nd base off Kuroda/Stewart)
CS - Eric Sogard (2, 3rd base by Kuroda/Stewart)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Sogard-Lowrie-Moss, Donaldson-Sogard-Moss
E - Jerry Blevins (1, Throwing), Jed Lowrie (8, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker 8522221 4.45
Grant Balfour 1000010 1.26
Ryan Cook 1100010 2.40
Jerry Blevins 1100120 2.12
Pat Neshek 1100120 2.38
Hideki Okajima 0.1100100 2.25
Jesse Chavez (W,1-0) 5.2100270 1.83
IBB - Cano by Jerry Blevins, Gardner by Pat Neshek, Teixeira by Hideki Okajima, Cano by Jesse Chavez
HBP - Teixeira (by Jerry Blevins)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 108-68, Grant Balfour 15-13, Ryan Cook 14-9, Jerry Blevins 18-9, Pat Neshek 15-9, Hideki Okajima 14-4, Jesse Chavez 71-43
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 6-14, Grant Balfour 1-1, Jerry Blevins 1-0, Jesse Chavez 4-6
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 29, Grant Balfour 3, Ryan Cook 4, Jerry Blevins 6, Pat Neshek 5, Hideki Okajima 3, Jesse Chavez 20
Game Information
Attendance - 27569
Game Time - 5:35
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Dale Scott