Oakland Athletics defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

When Derek Jeter hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, the crowd at Yankee Stadium rightfully believed it was the beginning of another dramatic comeback.

His blast cut the Yankees' deficit to three runs and swung the momentum the Bombers' way.

Mark Teixeira added a solo blast in the inning, and the Yankees put the tying runs on base in the ninth with nobody out. But Saturday that's as close as they came as their win streak ended at eight games.

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From the looks of things Saturday, you'd have thought the Yankees were in for an easy afternoon at the park.

Coming off eight straight wins following the All-Star break and facing young Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez, he of the 9.00-plus ERA and abysmal performance his last time out, the Bombers seemed to have a clear path to their ninth straight win.

Just how abysmal was the 23-year-old southpaw in his previous start? He allowed a career-high 11 runs on 10 hits and thre...

A couple of months ago, a bullpen meltdown against the punchless A's might have been cause for concern, but the Yankees and their rebuilt relief corps are going so well these days that they can shrug off Alfredo Aceves' seventh-inning torch job as a bad outing and move on without a second thought.

Let's face it, after eight straight wins to open the second half of the season, the Yanks were due for something to go wrong, even against a team such as the A's.

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