• Yankees 8 Oakland 3: Joba Chamberlain had his second dominant start in a row and the Yankees’ offense blew the game open in the eighth. Chamberlain allowed only two hits over seven-plus innings while striking out six to earn his sixth win of the season. Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter combined for five RBI’s while Melky Cabrera had three hits and two runs scored. The win keeps the Yankees 2-1/2 games in front of Boston.

  • Houston 5 Mets 4: New York needs Johan Santana to get a victory every time out and that is an impossible standard for Santana to live up to. Friday he wasn’t his best, allowing 12 hits and the Mets blew a golden chance to tie the game on a play at the plate. For some reason, Jeff Francoeur was sent home on a grounder to right in the 7th and he was thrown out by a mile ending the Mets’ rally and sending them to another loss.
Photograph of Joba Chamberlain greeting teammate Phil Coke in the 8th inning by Frank Franklin II/AP