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Two hits? No problem: Yankees win 3-2

BRONX, N.Y. – The New York Yankees offense struggled again on Saturday afternoon versus the Oakland Athletics, however, three runs on two hits got the job done because of a stellar start by CC Sabathia.

The big man looked sharp in his outing today, striking out nine over 6.1 innings pitched. Sabathia allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks, but kept his team in a position to win.

Jharel Cotton, Athletics starter, pitched well although his team did not provide him with much run support. Cotton gave up all three earned runs over 5.2 innings, but only allowed two hits and struck out five. Matt Holliday did a brunt of the damage when he hit a two-run home run off of Cotton in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting the Yankees ahead, 3-1.

From that point on, the Yankees would not relinquish their lead. Sabathia allowed a home run to Josh Phegley in the top of the seventh inning, pulling the A’s within one, but the Yankees’ bullpen would not allow the A’s bats to get any closer. Adam Warren, Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances combined to throw 2.2 scoreless innings and struck out five.

Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi asked a little more from his interim closer on Saturday afternoon. Betances threw 1.2 scoreless innings, struck out three batters and didn’t allow a hit.

With the win, the Yankees improved to 28-18 and remain in first place in their division. The Bronx Bombers will play the Athletics on Sunday afternoon when Michael Pineda takes the mound against Andrew Triggs.

Win- CC Sabathia
Loss- Jharel Cotton
Save- Dellin Betances