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Phelps, Yankees pound Oakland for fourth straight victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Road-weary David Phelps finally pitched well away from home. The New York Yankees scored in bunches without the benefit of a home run. And they beat the AL's best team in a place they had not won in more than two years.

Indeed, things are turning around fast out west.

Phelps tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning and two relievers were perfect the rest of the way, leading the Yankees past the AL-best Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

"It's definitely one of the best starts of my career," said Phelps, who struck out four and walked three in 6 2/3 innings.

Phelps (2-4) didn't allow a hit until Derek Norris' soft single over the head of third baseman Kelly Johnson with one out in the fifth. Jed Lowrie's double in the seventh was Oakland's only other hit.

Dellin Betances recorded four straight outs, and Jose Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth for New York.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner each drove in a run as the Yankees built a 3-0 lead against Sonny Gray (6-3) in the first two innings. New York scored four more in the eighth off Jeff Francis.

Six different Yankees drove in a run, and New York had 12 hits in all.

"That's the recipe for scoring a lot of runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Coming off a three-game sweep at Seattle, the Yankees kept rolling on the road against the AL West. New York is 5-2 on its nine-game trip and is assured of heading home with a winning mark.

The Yankees pounded an A's team that began Friday leading the majors in run differential by more than double any other team. Oakland had outscored opponents by 130 runs; the next closest club was San Francisco at 59.

Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single during a two-run first inning. Brett Gardner added an RBI single in the third before Gray found his groove.

Oakland's young ace retired 13 straight batters, but his teammates never could fluster Phelps -- or New York's bullpen.

"They were aggressive and once we were able to start making pitches down in the zone I got them out. It was just a little too late," said Gray, who gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs, and Brian McCann and Johnson each hit RBI singles to put the Yankees up 7-0 in the eighth.

New York had lost all five of Phelps' road starts this season, including his last outing at Kansas City, where he allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

But Phelps pitched a gem in Oakland, a place the Yankees had lost seven in a row. He also snapped a career-high, four-game skid in front of an announced crowd of 36,067 -- the fifth sellout in Oakland this season -- that had the usual strong sprinkling of Yankees fans to make Phelps feel at home.

"I was attacking guys," Phelps said. "The last couple starts I was trying to be too fine with my pitches and digging myself in a hole. But tonight, they did a great job scoring early for me and kind of let me settle in a little early."

Notes

The A's showed a video tribute of Bob Welch and held a moment of silence the former A's pitcher and 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner. Welch died Monday at 57 of undisclosed causes. ... Girardi said RHP Michael Pineda, who went on the disabled list May 6 with a shoulder strain, is unlikely to return until August. ... Oakland RF Josh Reddick ran on the field for the first time since going on the disabled list June 3 with a hypextended right knee. He also hit in the batting cage. ... Scott Kazmir (7-2, 2.20 ERA) starts for Oakland opposite New York's Hiroki Kuroda (4-4, 4.12) on Saturday.

 
 
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Ichiro slides home safely for a run as the Yankees bench celebrates in New York's shutout win over the A's. (USATSI)
Ichiro slides home safely for a run as the Yankees bench celebrates in New York's shutout win over the A's. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Roberts
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

S. Gray
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 1
K 7
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF4121001 .282
Derek Jeter, SS4120001 .275
   a-Brendan Ryan, PH-SS0000000 .303
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4011123 .290
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111014 .241
Brian McCann, C4110111 .226
Carlos Beltran, DH5000014 .214
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4121010 .319
Brian Roberts, 2B4221021 .238
Kelly Johnson, 3B3011110 .219
David Phelps, P0000000 .000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   Jose Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals36712639  
a-hit by pitch for Jeter in the 9th
Batting
SF - Mark Teixeira (1)
RBI - Brett Gardner (24), Jacoby Ellsbury (30), Mark Teixeira (31), Ichiro Suzuki (9), Brian Roberts (14), Kelly Johnson (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (3), Brian Roberts (6), Kelly Johnson (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Teixeira-Jeter-Phelps
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (W,2-4) 6.2200340 4.32
Dellin Betances (H,9) 1.1000020 1.63
Jose Ramirez 1000010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 102-57, Dellin Betances 17-11, Jose Ramirez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 7-8, Jose Ramirez 1-1
Batters Faced - David Phelps 24, Dellin Betances 4, Jose Ramirez 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3000110 .270
John Jaso, DH3000111 .268
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000001 .254
Brandon Moss, RF4000011 .262
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3000010 .258
Jed Lowrie, SS2010100 .231
Derek Norris, C3010001 .295
Andy Parrino, 2B3000012 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B3000022 .289
Sonny Gray, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Francis, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals2802037  
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (17, Phelps)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Parrino-Lowrie-Blanks, Parrino-Lowrie-Blanks-Parrino-Lowrie-Blanks
E - Derek Norris (3, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonny Gray (L,6-3) 6733170 2.93
Fernando Abad 1000010 1.69
Jeff Francis 1544010 6.75
Jim Johnson 1000200 5.67
HBP - Gardner (by Fernando Abad), Ryan (by Jim Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Sonny Gray 103-65, Fernando Abad 9-6, Jeff Francis 39-22, Jim Johnson 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sonny Gray 7-4, Fernando Abad 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Sonny Gray 26, Fernando Abad 3, Jeff Francis 8, Jim Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36067
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna