Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki: 'Momentum Coming on Our Side'

Yahoo Contributor Network

The New York Yankees (88-63) keep finding ways to come out on top, winning their seventh straight game Saturday in 14 innings, 10-9, after Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss' fielding error on an Eduardo Nunez grounder allowed Ichiro Suzuki to score from third.

New York, 9-1 in its last 10 contests, has a one-game lead in the AL East over the Baltimore Orioles (87-64), who're on a six-game winning streak.

"I think the momentum is coming on our side," Suzuki (3-for-5, solo HR), speaking through his interpreter, told Yahoo! Contributor Network following Saturday's marathon at Yankee Stadium. "And now we just have to ride it, just go with it."

"We feel confident," Nunez said. "Sometimes you have bad games, good games, but we believe in what we have here."

Oakland took a 9-5 lead in the 13th on the strength of Jonny Gomes' two-run home run and solo shots by Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter. A mass exodus ensued after the A's went up by four runs, but those who stood behind were in for quite a treat.

"When they scored four runs, a lot of fans went home," Suzuki said. "I bet you they were shocked to get home and see the score."

Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back-to-back singles to start New York's half of the 13th. All of them advanced (Suzuki scored) when Pat Neshek unleashed a wild pitch while facing Nunez, whose sacrifice fly cut Oakland's lead down to 9-7. Raul Ibanez (3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) then hammered a game-tying, two-run homer off Neshek to right.

To everyone's shock, pinch runner Melky Mesa (in for Eric Chavez) didn't score from second with one out in the 14th on Rodriguez's single to center. Replays revealed that he actually missed third base while rounding it, which is why he quickly--and wisely, I might add--turned back. Luckily for Mesa, who was forced out at home shortly after, his base-running blunder would become an afterthought thanks to Moss' error two batters later.

Said Nunez of his grounder to first: "I thought he was going to have trouble with the ball because it had a lot of spin."

The Yankees and A's will conclude their three-game set with a matinee Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda (14-10, 3.26 ERA) of the Yankees and Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin (6-1, 2.45 ERA) are the probables.

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