Yankees 11, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Gerald Williams was the main culprit as the New York Yankees stole one from the Oakland Athletics.
Williams tied a team record with four steals, and the New York Yankees stole eight bases in beating the A’s 11-4 Sunday.
Kenny Rogers (4-1) pitched 6 1-3 solid innings as the Yankees completed their first three-game sweep in Oakland since July 1979.
While the Yankees were giving a lesson in baserunning, the A’s weren’t paying attention. Oakland had two runners thrown out at the plate, including the potential tying run in the bottom of the eighth.
``Speed can make close games blowouts,″ Oakland manager Art Howe said. ``The Yankees were getting a tremendous jump and taking advantage. Our baserunning was bad the whole series.″
Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez each homered for New York. The Yankees broke open the game with six runs in the ninth, keyed by Wade Boggs’ RBI double.
John Wetteland got his 12th save.
Bernie Williams, who sat out Saturday’s game with a sprained left knee, gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when he homered off Steve Wojciechowski (5-2).
Rogers allowed six hits in avenging his lone loss of the season in his last outing. Against California earlier this week, Rogers carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before walking in the winning run in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss.
John Wetteland pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his 12th save.
``In Anaheim, I felt like I had good stuff,″ said Rogers. ``Today was the total opposite. It was tough for me to know I could set the other team down, but I got key outs. I knew these guys would score me some runs and give me some leeway.″
The Yankees scored six runs in the ninth to turn a 5-4 lead into a rout.
``That’s the way this club should play,″ said Bernie Williams. ``We have people who can run and take the extra base.″
Mark McGwire hit his 12th homer of the season for the A’s in the third to help close the gap to 3-2.
The Yankees added a run in the fourth when Gerald Williams stole home on a double steal with Jeter.
``That’s something Jeter and I talked about at the beginning of the season,″ said Gerald Williams. ``It’s pretty much of a guessing game. When he takes off, I try to go home.″
Martinez homered off A’s reliever Todd Van Poppel with two outs in the eighth.
Mike Bordick, who was 1-for-19 against the Yankees this season, and Jose Herrera each had RBI pinch-hit singles in the bottom of the eighth. They were the first runs scored against the Yankees’ bullpen in the past 16 innings, covering six outings.
Notes: The Yankees set the modern major league record of 15 stolen bases in a game in 1911. ... Oakland placed outfielder Pedro Munoz on the disabled list before the game because of a left knee strain. He was hitting .256 in 34 games this season. Tony Batista was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton to take Munoz’s place. ... McGwire has now reached base safely in 48 consecutive games, including all 34 he has played this season. ... Jeter has not committed an error in his last 25 games. ... Gerald Williams’ steal of home was the Yankees’ third this season.