(Tuesday, July 7)
NEW YORK YANKEES
Final Score: Oakland 4, New York 3 (10 innings)
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Brett Lawrie’s solo homer off All-Star Dellin Betances in the 10th inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night. Lawrie hammered an 0-2 breaking ball into the left-field seats leading off the 10th for just the second home run given up by Betances (5-2) this year. The A’s, who were coming off a 4-6 homestand, also got a solo homer from Billy Butler. All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt stirred the offense early and finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. A’s starter Sonny Gray, Oakland’s other All- Star representative, pitched for the first time since June 25 after overcoming a bout of salmonella that landed him in the hospital. He gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out five. Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, sporting a three-start winning streak, allowed two runs, six hits and one walk but was lifted after 5 1/3 innings because, Girardi said, there was a fresh bullpen ready to work. The AL East leaders have lost two in a row and five of their last eight games.
NEW YORK METS
Final Score: San Francisco 3, New York 0
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Cain picked up his first win in almost a year and the Giants snapped a seven-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the Mets on Tuesday. Cain (1-1) sat out the first three months with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm and dropped his season opener last week. The right-hander struck out seven over six innings in the middle installment of this three-game series to earn his first win since beating the Athletics on July 9, 2014. Hunter Pence, fresh off the disabled list, knocked in two runs and threw out Curtis Granderson at the plate in the sixth after making a sliding catch in foul territory.