The Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Wednesday night.
After New York got a good start out of Darrell Rasner last Friday against Kansas City, where he pitched a career high eight innings allowing only two runs, Ras' got beat up Wednesday night.
Rasner lasted only 3.2 innings, scattered nine hits, and gave up seven runs (six of them earned).
In the top of the second, the Yankees struck first as Jason Giambi connected for a solo home run, his team-leading 15th of the season, giving the Bombers a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, it all imploded for Rasner. The A's put six runs on the board, giving themselves a 6-1 lead after three innings. Oakland got run production out of Bobby Crosby, Jack Cust, and Mark Ellis among others.
Oakland added a run in the bottom of the fourth and another in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 8-1.
The Yankee offense broke out a little in the top of the ninth scoring three runs, but it was too little too late.
Justin Duchscherer, the Oakland Starter, took the win and is now 6-4. Rasner took the loss, and his record is now 3-4.
Tonight at 10:05 Eastern Time, the A's and the Yankees will play the rubber game of the series. On the hill for the Yankees will be Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.99 ERA). The Probable starter for Oakland is Joe Blanton (3-8, 4.15 ERA).
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