Nova looks to help the AL East leaders win their seventh straight Saturday when they continue their series against the Oakland Athletics .
New York won its sixth in a row with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings Friday. After Brandon Moss ' home run off Rafael Soriano in the ninth denied Sabathia his first win since Aug. 24, Russell Martin hit a game-winning shot to lead off the 10th.
The homer was Martin's 18th of the season and fourth in his last 11 hits over 42 at-bats, helping New York (87-63) stay a game in front of Baltimore for first place in the division."You can feel that playoff weather coming," Martin said. "I like it. I enjoy it."
The Athletics (85-65) dropped out of a tie with the Orioles for the first AL wild card, but still lead the Los Angeles Angels by 3 1/2 games for the second spot. They have lost four of five, scoring two or fewer runs in three or their last four.
Oakland managed just three hits over eight innings against Sabathia, who entered amid concerns about his velocity, and the A's could face another challenge against the Yankees' next starter.
Nova (12-7, 4.85 ERA) will look to extend New York's longest winning streak since a 10-game run June 8-18. He's making his second start since coming off the disabled list after missing a little more than three weeks with inflammation in his right rotator cuff.
Nova gave up two runs and four hits over six innings of a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay last Saturday, striking out eight.
The right-hander had gone 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA in his first eight starts coming out of the All-Star break before landing on the disabled list.
"We've seen him do it before. We really didn't expect to get him into the seventh," manager Joe Girardi said. "I was extremely impressed with his stuff today and his command and what he did out there."
Nova has faced the Athletics twice this year - both times in Oakland - and is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA.
Oakland counters with Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.36) as he makes his 13th start of the season and first since Aug. 29.
The left-hander is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts. In the most recent, he allowed two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-4 win at Cleveland.
Blackley, whose last appearance was out of the bullpen Sunday, will be facing the Yankees for the first time.
"If you're looking at it like that, you're going to psych yourself out," Blackley told the A's official website. "I'm just thinking about keeping the team in the game as long as possible. It's good to know that they can trust you to take the reins when they need it."
In a lineup of formidable hitters, Blackley will especially want to pitch carefully to Derek Jeter , who extended his hitting streak to a season high-tying 15 games Friday with a single in the sixth.
He's batting .388 (26 for 67) during the streak.
|September 19, 2012||Brett Anderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right oblique|
|September 05, 2012||Brandon McCarthy||Day-to-Day||Left game - head injury|
|September 02, 2012||Brandon Inge||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|September 02, 2012||Brandon Inge||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 18, 2012||Jordan Norberto||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|August 12, 2012||Brandon Inge||15-Day DL||Dislocated right shoulder|
|New York Yankees|
|September 19, 2012||Dellin Betances||60-Day DL||Right shoulder injury|
|September 09, 2012||Mark Teixeira||Day-to-Day||Strained left calf|
|September 02, 2012||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tendinitis|
|August 27, 2012||Mark Teixeira||Day-to-Day||Strained left calf|
|August 22, 2012||Ivan Nova||15-Day DL||Right shoulder tightness|
|August 22, 2012||Ivan Nova||15-Day DL||Right shoulder tightness|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trailing by four runs in the 13th inning, Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees were far from finished.
They were just getting started.
Ibanez hit his second home run of the game during a startling rally in the 13th, then the Yankees won a thriller when first baseman Brandon Moss ' two-out error in the 14th lifted them over the Oakland Athletics 10-9 Saturday for their seventh straight win.
"I told you all along that I like the fight in this team," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Some of the things we go through, we find ways to get back up."
The AL East leaders came back to hold their one-game edge over Baltimore with a second straight extra-inning win against the A's.
Down 9-5 in the 13th, the Yankees won for just the second time in team history after trailing by at least four runs in extra innings, according to STATS LLC. They also did it in September 1980 against the Blue Jays.
"Right now every game is magnified, and we know the situation," Ibanez said. "It's a lot of fun."
Oakland began the day with a 3 1-2 game lead over Los Angeles for the second AL wild-card spot. The A's still have an edge, but blew a huge opportunity and lost for the fifth time in six games.
This was the first time in franchise history the A's lost after leading by four runs in extra innings, according to information provided to the Yankees by the Elias Sports Bureau.
"We fought pretty hard, really hard," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I never remember a game quite like that that I've ever been a part of."
Moments after pinch runner Melky Mesa - in his big league debut - missed third base and had to retreat, the Yankees found another way to win. Moss let a bases-loaded grounder by Eduardo Nunez skip off his glove, allowing Ichiro Suzuki score and ending a game that took 5 hours, 43 minutes.
Nunez threw his hands in the air as he raced to first base as Tyson Ross (2-10) walked off the field, head down he shouted into his glove. Suzkui embraced Ibanez near home plate as most of the team ran to first base to mob Nunez, who eventually found Mesa and put his arm around him. Both were smiling.
"I'll give him credit. He didn't compound the problem by continuing to go. He went back to third base," Girardi said. "I'm sure everyone would've seen it and he would've been called out and that would've been the inning."
Girardi paid Mesa a visit in the clubhouse afterward.
"It's a bad mistake," Mesa said. "I can do nothing about it but wait until the next time and fix it."
Johnny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter homered in the 13th, putting the A's ahead. New York rallied in the bottom half, scoring runs on a wild pitch and Nunez's sacrifice fly before Ibanez hit a tying, two-run drive off Pat Neshek .
In a game that included a bruising hit at home plate, stellar defensive plays and even a bit of rain, the Yankees got a bit of luck to outlast the A's.
Eric Chavez led off the 14th with a single against Ross and Mesa pinch ran. Derek Jeter sacrificed and Suzuki was walked intentionally, bringing up Alex Rodriguez .
Rodriguez singled to center, and the Yankees erupted in the dugout, sensing they had won. But Mesa stepped over third base, had to retrace a few steps and was held up.
Robinson Cano followed with a bouncer between the mound and first base. Ross lunged for the ball, spun and threw home for a forceout.
That left it up to Nunez, and he sliced a grounder toward first base. Moss slid over and was in position to make the play, but the ball bounced off his mitt and skittered away for Oakland's third error of the game.
"We should have come out with a win," A's catcher Derek Norris said. "We fought back, they fought back harder."
Cory Wade (1-1) pitched the 14th for the win.
Seldom-used Yankees first baseman Steve Pearce made a diving catch of a vicious line drive with the bases loaded to end the 11th inning. Norris withstood a violent collision with Ibanez and held onto the ball in the 12th.
"That's what we come to expect from Raul. That's what he does. He plays extremely hard," Girardi said. "Sometimes we forget he's 40 years old, the way he plays the game."
All in all, it was quite a contrast to their game Friday night, when Russell Martin 's solo homer in the bottom of the ninth sent the Yankees over the A's 2-1.
Gomes hit a two-run homer in the 13th that put the A's ahead. Cespedes and Carter also connected, but New York came back against an Oakland bullpen that had allowed just one run in 10 previous innings.
Ibanez had a pinch-hit homer in the fifth, ending his 0-for-18 skid and giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead but Carter tied it with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
NOTES: MLB made a scoring change that took a double away from Cano on Sept. 15 against Tampa Bay. Rays CF B.J. Upton will be charged with an error on Cano's ball in the eighth inning. ... A's OF Coco Crisp was out again with an eye allergy. Manager Bob Melvin says he is close but is not sure if Crisp will play this weekend. ... New York 1B Mark Teixeira (calf strain) took ground balls, did light jogging and took batting practice and will fly to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday to work out at the Yankees' complex. ... Jeter extended his hitting streak to a season-high 16 with a single in the sixth.