Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/12

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Once again the Oakland Athletics saved their best for last on Sunday.

Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 12th, catcher Derek Norris singled hard off the glove of Derek Jeter. Jemile Weeks sacrificed, advancing Norris to second base. And Coco Crisp singled to right, just over the leap of second baseman Robinson Cano for the 11th walk-off win for the A's as they swept the New York Yankees 5-4.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth and the A's trailing by a run, Seth Smith homered to deep center field off Yankees closer Rafael Soriano. Seth's blast tied the game at 4-4 and forced extra innings.

In the 10th inning, A's reliever Grant Balfour gave up singles to Cano and Eric Chavez. With runners on first and second, he managed to strike out Derek Jeter looking to end the inning.

The rare blown save cost CC Sabathia his 12th win. The portly left-hander pitched seven innings, gave up six hits and three runs,walked one, and struck out six.

In the top of the 12th, Mark Teixeira hit a high fly ball to right but Josh Reddick lost the ball in the sun and was unable to catch what should have been a routine fly out. Teixeira slid in safely just before Reddick's throw to second base. Cano flied out to

center and Alex Rodriguez was intentionally walked. Both Raul Ibanez and Chavez popped out. The Yankees failed to score even though they had a runner on second and nobody out.

The Yankees jumped on A's starter Bartolo Colon in the top of the third with four straight hits. Teixeira knocked in one run with a bloop single. With the bases loaded, Alex Rodriguez doubled to left-center scoring two more runs,

In the top of the 4th, Curtis Granderson homered to right field.

Colon settled down and retired the next nine batters he faced and would finally leave the game after giving up a single to Teixeira in the seventh inning.

Colon lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowed eight hits, four runs and one walk and had five strikeouts.

Oakland started its comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Brandon Inge and Kurt Suzuki each hit solo home runs off Sabathia. It was Suzuki's first home run of the season. The veteran catcher has struggled all season long batting just .211 with 17 RBI.

The A's would close the gap to one run in the sixth as Yoenis Cespedes scored on a fielder's choice ground out.

NOTES: This was the first time in Oakland franchise history the A's have swept the Yankees at home. ... The last four-game sweep of the Yankees was in New York in 1972 ... The Athletics have hit 52 home runs in 34 games since June 12, third most in the majors behind the Yankees (57) and Pirates (56). ... Rodriguez has hit seven doubles in

his last 21 games since June 27. ... Sabathia has pitched at least seven innings in 12 of his 17 starts. ... Jeter was not originally in the starting lineup. Jayson Nix started at shortstop batting seventh. Jeter replaced him in the bottom of the 8th inning. ... It was only the second blown save for Soriano and the first home run he allowed this season.

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