A.J. Griffin pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning Friday night and Adam Rosales homered on CC Sabathia’s first pitch, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees. Despite the loss that may have been CC’s best game of the young season.
Derek Norris hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to help Oakland open its 10-game road trip with its fourth win in five games. Griffin (3-2) coming off two losses in which he allowed 11 earned runs and 13 hits in 11 innings, Griffin was smooth on the mound, too.
The Yankees had two runners on base only once, in the third inning, and Griffin needed only nine pitches in the each of the fourth through sixth innings. He struck out four, walked one and was removed for Sean Doolittle after Gardner’s bunt single to start the eighth.