Athletics 13, Yankees 4

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NEW YORK (AP)—Scott Hatteberg delivered the biggest hits. Mark Mulder threw his share of quality pitches. Jermaine Dye and Bobby Crosby made the key plays.

All in all, a complete game for the Oakland Athletics.

Hatteberg homered twice, drove in five runs and made a nifty slide to score while Mulder hung on for his major league-leading 15th win, leading the streaking Athletics over the New York Yankees 13-4 Tuesday night.

“The defense was outstanding and we had a lot of good at-bats,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “I don’t think Mark had his best stuff.”

Jorge Posada and Gary Sheffield hit early home runs that put New York ahead 4-1, but the A’s stormed back to win for the ninth time in 10 games in a matchup of AL division leaders.

“They jumped on Mark pretty quick, and that’s rare,” Hatteberg said.

Mulder (15-3) won at a ballpark where he’s usually struggled—he was 0-4 with a 9.97 ERA at Yankee Stadium in the regular season, though he was 1-1 at New York in the 2001 playoffs.

Mulder got off to a shaky start this time, too, when Posada hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Sheffield lined his 24th shot in the third. Mulder settled down and lasted seven innings, winning for the 13th time in 14 decisions.

“I was just struggling with my delivery in the early innings. Every night is different. Some starts you feel great. Tonight, I didn’t,” Mulder said.

“We won the ballgame. I don’t care what my record is,” he said.

AL player of the week Eric Byrnes got three more hits, and Adam Melhuse also homered for Oakland. Melhuse got into the game in the second inning after catcher Damian Miller’s left knee was bruised by a foul ball.

It was 4-all in the fourth inning when the Yankees put two runners on with two outs and Derek Jeter followed with drive toward the right-field corner.

Dye nearly overran the ball, but reached back as he jumped at the wall to take away an extra-base hit, leaving his spike marks in the padded fence.

“I just made a lucky grab,” he said.

As he ran off the field, Jeter joshed him.

“He said, ‘Let me get a hit,’ or something,” Dye said.

Earlier in the inning, Crosby made a diving catch to start a double play. In the fifth, the rookie shortstop made two neat plays on consecutive grounders to throw out Posada and Hideki Matsui.

“The shortstop made about four or five great plays, and it was a real momentum stopper for us on several of them,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the reigning AL Gold Glove shortstop.

Mark Kotsay led off the game with a single and added his 1,000th career hit. The A’s went on to win their third in a row, improving to 2-5 against the Yankees this season. New York had won three in a row.

Byrnes hit a triple, double and single. He drove in three runs and also walked, all while batting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup. The last Oakland player to hit for the cycle—he did it June 29 last year against San Francisco — he had a chance to do it again but walked and popped up the last two times he came to the plate.

The A’s began teeing off on Jon Lieber (7-7) in the third when Byrnes doubled and scored on Mark McLemore’s single.

Crosby hit a two-run double in the fourth, with Hatteberg sliding wide and reaching around with his left hand to tag the plate ahead of Jeter’s relay to Posada. Byrnes’ RBI single with two outs tied it.

Hatteberg hit a two-run homer in the fifth. A few pitches later, Lieber tripped on the mound when his cleats got caught—he was fine, but was pulled after walking Erubiel Durazo.

“I didn’t make adjustments, that’s the bottom line,” said Lieber, who could be headed to the bullpen when Mike Mussina comes off the disabled list. “I’m just going to have to go down and work on it. I’ve just got to make better pitches and I wasn’t able to do it.”

Byrnes hit a two-run triple off Tanyon Sturtze later in the fifth for an 8-4 lead, and Melhuse hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Hatteberg hit his 13th homer, a three-run drive off Felix Heredia in the eighth. It was Hatteberg’s fourth career multihomer game.

Notes

Rodriguez was hit under the left kneecap by a pitch from Mulder, but stayed in the game. “I’ve never been hit quite in that spot before. It felt pretty sore. We’ll see how it wakes up in the morning.” … Byrnes has 17 RBIs in 11 games. … Miller is expected to be OK for Wednesday.

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