Soriano's Error, Tejada's Homerun Undo Yankees

Friday night's game between the Athletics and the Yankees was a pitcher's duel as promised. Tim Hudson and Mike Mussina battled it out into the late innings, but the key plays in the game would end up being by a hitter and a fielder. Alfonso Soriano's error in the eighth inning allowed Oakland to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the tenth, Miguel Tejada hit a walkoff homerun to give the A's a 3-2 victory.

With one out in the eighth, Armando Benitez entered the game to help the Yankees hold onto their slim 2-1 lead. He struck out the first batter he faced, but surrendered a single to Mark Ellis and then walked Scott Hatteberg before coming out of the game.

Joe Torre called upon Mariano Rivera to get four outs, the first of which would be Tejada. Tejada grounded the ball over toward Soriano. The Yankee second baseman ranged to his left and reached the ball with plenty of time. But the baseball hit off of the heel of Soriano's glove and Ellis scored to tie the game.

The play wasted a dazzling performance from Mike Mussina, who was lifted after throwing just 99 pitches. The Moose allowed just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine batters through seven innings. After the seventh he didn't return, instead giving way to the bullpen.

Tim Hudson was also brilliant, surrendering just two runs on four hits and three walks while fanning five. He too left the game after the seventh, but he had thrown 118 pitches at that point.

In the bottom of the tenth inning, with two out and Antonio Osuna pitching, Tejada took a 1-2 pitch and sent it deep to left-centerfield to win the game and make Oakland closer Keith Foulke into a winner.

Foulke (8-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing just a hit while striking out a batter. Osuna (2-3) suffered the loss.

David Dellucci, acquired from the Diamondbacks just a few days earlier, was again a factor in Friday's game. He went 2/4 and scored both of the Yankees runs. He scored in the third on Derek Jeter's double to tie the game at one, then he came around in fifth on Jorge Posada's single to give the Yankees the lead.

Aaron Boone started for the Yankees at third base and hit sixth in the order. The former Cincinnati Red went 1/4 and struck out twice. Jose Guillen, acquired by the A's also from the Reds, went 0/4 with a strikeout in his debut with his new team.

The second game of the three game series is on Saturday at 4:05 pm Eastern time. Jeff Weaver (5-8, 5.27) will look to build on his last strong outing against the Red Sox. Defending Cy Young award winner Barry Zito (8-8, 3.19) will take the mound for the Athletics.

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