Even when the Red Sox win, they still can't keep up with the Yankees.
New York kept right on rolling on Friday night with a 8-3 win over Oakland, their eighth in a row. Starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain was impressive for the Yankees, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball and allowing one run while striking out six. The 23-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.86 and improved to 6-2, and he has not allowed more than three runs in his last seven outings.
Phil Coke earned his 12th hold of the season, pitching a perfect eighth
with two strikeouts. David Robertson allowed two runs in the ninth for
On the day they sent slugger Matt Holliday to St. Louis, the Athletics mustered just three runs, providing little support for Brett Anderson. He fell to 5-8 after allowing four runs on nine hits with seven K's over 6 2/3 innings.
Oakland's Orlando Cabrera scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Scott Hairston, but from then on, it was the Yankee show. They scored twice in the third on an RBI single by Derek Jeter and a fielder's choice by Johnny Damon. Another Damon groundout put New York up 3-1 in the fifth.
Hideki Matsui plated Alex Rodriguez with a fielder's choice in the sixth, and Jorge Posada started putting the game away with a solo shot in the eighth. New York scored four times in the frame, culminating in an RBI single by Damon. The outfielder went 1-for-5 but tallied three RBIs.
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Jeter finishsed 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Only four members of the A's registered hits against New York.