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Athletics outlast Yankees in 18 innings to finish sweep

Nate Freiman singled home the winning run in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees yesterday for a three-game sweep.

As a day game after a night game turned into a night game after a day game, John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne (0-1) to start the decisive rally and went to third on Seth Smith’s soft single to shallow left field against Rivera.

Baseball’s career saves leader issued only the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career to Jed Lowrie before Freiman ended the 5-hour, 35-minute game.

The AL West-leading A’s (41-27) won their 11th in a row at home.

Winning pitcher Jesse Chavez (1-0) struck out seven in 5  2∕ 3 scoreless innings.

ROYALS 10, RAYS 1

Elliot Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning, leading surging Royals over Tampa Bay.

Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the season, both coming against Tampa Bay.

Johnson got his third hit of the game in the eighth inning and is 6-for-11 with four RBI against his former team while batting .202 with three RBI against every other team.

Ervin Santana (5-5) gave up five hits and an unearned run in 7  2∕ 3 innings.

The Royals have won eight of nine.

Blue JAYS 3, RANGERS 1

Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and Toronto handed Texas its third straight loss.

The slumping Rangers wasted another solid outing by Yu Darvish, who has made five consecutive starts without a victory.

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