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A's rebound with lights-out performance by Kazmir, beat Yankees 5-1

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The A’s Scott Kazmir held the Yankees to three hits and Eric Sogard got a timely bloop single in the second inning to give the Oakland A’s a 5-1 victory Saturday night at he O.co Coliseum in Oakland. Kazmir improved his record to 8-2 while lowering his ERA to 2.05.

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Working quickly, Kazmir mowed down the Yankees retiring the first eight batters then walked Kelly Johnson and gave up his first hit to Brett Gardner in the third inning. Andy Perrino committed a throwing error on a Derek Jeter ground ball allowing Johnson to score from third for the only Yankee run. After walking Jacoby Ellsbury, Kazmir got Alfonso Soriano to ground into a fielder’s choice to end any additional damage.

Kelly Johnson doubled to lead off the sixth inning. After going to third on a Gardner ground out, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a two-hop, weakly-hit ball off the bat of Derek Jeter to second baseman Eric Sogard who threw a strike to catcher John Jaso.

The Yankees Hiroki Kuroda had control issues early. Sandwiching two walks around a Stephen Vogt single in the second inning, Kuroda gave up an Eric Sogard two-RBI single to centerfield that gave the A’s all the runs they’d need for the win.

The A’s would tack on two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the eighth on Andy Perrino’s first-major-league-hit double to left field that scored Chris Gentry who’d batted for Stephen Vogt and reached base on a bunt single past relief pitcher David Huff.

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4.

The left field lights partially went out in the fourth inning creating a delay for 38 minutes with both teams sitting in their respective dugouts as umpires, managers and stadium officials all stood on the field, on or near home plate, discussing the how to resolve another Oakland Coliseum malfunction.

Scott Kazmir took it in stride, “I’ve had some long innings this year so I’ve had a little bit of practice.”

Bob Melvin attributed the outage to a superstition. “ It’s probably a carry over from yesterday being Friday the 13th? It seemed a little crazy”

Earlier in the season flooding of the Coliseum clubhouses and overflowing toilets caused a game to be postponed.

Eric Sogard said it best, “That’s the Coliseum for ya. That’s why we love this place, ya never know what you’re gonna get.”

Most would beg to differ that his assessment of people’s emotion regarding the Coliseum is anything but “Love.”

The finale of the three-game set is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with Yankees’ Vidal Nuno (1-2) facing Oakland’s Jesse Chavez (5-4).

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