Tejada Strikes Again

The Yankees are getting pretty tired of Miguel Tejada's shenanigans in Oakland. For the second time in three games the Athletics' shortstop beat the Yankees with a walk-off hit. This time Tejada hit a two-run double off of Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth to send his team to a 2-1 victory and ensured a victorious series for the A's.

The shortstop's hit wiped out an amazing performance by Andy Pettitte, and turned Mark Mulder from a tough-luck loser into a winner.

Having allowed just one hit over the first eight innings of the ballgame Pettitte came out to start the ninth looking for his first complete game of the season. A's second baseman Mark Ellis worked for an eight-pitch walk that also forced Pettitte from the game.

Rivera came in to try and save it and got Jose Guillen to strike out swinging for the first out of the inning. Eric Chavez came up and singled to right to put runners on the corners for Tejada. Tejada took Rivera's 2-1 offering and sent it off the wall left field, Ellis scored to tie the game and Chavez came around to end it.

Pettitte was pitching his best game of the season before Ellis' walk forced him out. The only hit that he allowed during his time on the mound was a first-inning infield single to Jose Guillen. Pettitte also walked just two batters and struck out six.

A's starter Mark Mulder (15-7) was almost as brilliant. He lasted the entire game – his eighth complete game of the season – and earned a win for sticking around. He allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while fanning seven.

The lone Yankee run came in the fifth inning when Alfonso Soriano singled home Aaron Boone, who had doubled to put himself into scoring position.

Rivera (5-1) suffered just his first loss of the season and his fourth blown save. The closer had appeared in each of the Yankees previous three games – though he threw just four pitches on Saturday – but Joe Torre opted to go to him in the ninth again.

Tejada, last year's American League MVP, hit a game-winning homerun against the Yankees in the bottom of the tenth inning of Friday night's game.

The Yankees wrapped up their road trip with a 5-4 record, a pretty good swing considering the level of their opponents. After an off day on Monday, the Yanks return to the Bronx for a six-game home stand, starting with a series against the Texas Rangers. Roger Clemens (10-7, 3.76) will get the start for the Yanks in the first game. Texas will send Robert Ellis (1-1, 8.18) to the mound.

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