- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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A day after Martin hit a tenth-inning walk-off homer against the Oakland Athletics, Nunez delivered a little late-inning magic of his own on Saturday.
Trailing 9-5 heading into the bottom of the 13th, the Yanks plated four runs to tie it. The big blow came off the bat of Raul Ibanez">Raul Ibanez, who drilled a two-run homer to right to tie the score at nine.
The Yanks have won seven straight and 10 of 12. They are a game up on the Orioles, who beat the Red Sox in Boston, 9-6 in 12 innings.
THE GOOD: Ichiro Suzuki continues his run as the toughest out in baseball.
Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk and now has 14 hits in his last 20 at-bats spanning five games -- all wins. How hot is he? The A's intentionally walked him with a runner on second and one out in the 14th to get to Alex Rodriguez.
CLUTCH: Pinch-hitting for Casey McGehee in the fifth, Ibanez hit his first homer of the day to right to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead. Seven of Ibanez's 17 homers have given the Yanks the lead and 53 of his 80 hits have driven in runs. Not bad for a guy making $1.1 million. Incredibly, Ibanez entered play Saturday hitless in his last 18 at-bats and mired in a 2-for-45 skid.
PEARCE-ING BLOW: Steve Pearce entered the game as a defensive replacement at first in the top of the tenth. And he made quite an impact. With the bases loaded and two out in the 11th, Josh Reddick drilled a screaming liner to Pearce's right. The utility man dove and gloved it with his backhand to end the inning.
STREAKING CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter's single to lead off the sixth extended his hitting streak to a season-high 16 games. He has hitting streaks of more than 15 games in eight different seasons, the most among active players.
NICE PEN (BESIDES GARCIA): Girardi mixed and matched with his relievers on Saturday, mostly pushing the right buttons. He called on Clay Rapada to relieve Nova. Rapada induced a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning. He gave up one run and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Derek Lowe followed with one run allowed over 2 2/3 innings and Boone Logan and Cody Eppley combined for 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Joba Chamberlain came in and threw a scoreless ninth.
THE BAD: Ivan Nova struggled. Mightily.
The young righty lasted just 2 1/3 of an inning on Saturday, allowing five hits and three runs.
The damage started early for Nova. He gave up three straight doubles to open the game. He also gave up a homer in the top of the third to Stephen Drew.
Since the All-Star break, Nova has a 6.99 ERA and is allowing opponents to hit .309 off of him. The second-year starter missed three weeks with a shoulder injury and pitched well in his first start back. But this outing left you scratching your head of you're a Yankee fan.
TOUGH DEBUT: Melky Mesa made his major league debut as a pinch-runner for Eric Chavez in the 14th. He should have scored on Alex Rodriguez's single to center, but had to hold at third when he missed the bag. He was then forced out at home on Robinson Cano's grounder to the pitcher.
FREDDY UNSTEADY: Freddy Garcia was solid in his first three innings of relief, holding the A's scoreless on just one hit. But he was banged around for three runs on three hits (a single and two homers) in the 13th as Oakland plated four runs in the frame.
JOE GETS HOT: Girardi and first base coach Mick Kelleher got into it with the first base umpire called Eric Chavez out in the tenth on a play at first in which Brandon Moss' foot appeared to lift off the bag on a grounder to second baseman Cliff Pennington. Girardi argued for a little over a minute and returned to the dugout.
WHAT'S NEXT: Hiroki Kuroda (14-10, 3.26) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (6-1, 2.45) in the series finale Sunday. The Yanks then hit the road for seven-game, seven-day road trip. It's their final road trip of the year. The play three in Minnesota and four in Toronto. Andy Pettitte starts on Monday in Minnesota.
WHAT IT MEANS: Move over Russell Martin. It's Eduardo Nunez's turn. A day after Martin hit a tenth-inning walk-off homer against the Oakland Athletics, Nunez delivered a little late-inning magic of his own on Saturday.