OAKLAND, Calif. - 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 on Thursday 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 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 on New York's getaway day to Anaheim for a weekend series with the Angels.
Moments later, Freiman received a celebratory whipped cream pie in the face.
The AL West-leading A's (41-27) won their 11th straight at home and moved a season-best 14 games above .500. They became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since Oakland and the Washington Senators did so in 1971.
Freiman's wife, LPGA golfer Amanda Blumenherst, quickly congratulated her husband on Twitter: "Ahhh!! Nate just ended the 18 inning game! Bases loaded, single!! Pie in the face! Athletics win!"
Each team used seven pitchers and threw 255 pitches. In all, 137 batters came to the plate - short of the season high of 156 during Oakland's 19-inning win over the Angels in April and also the 20-inning game between the Marlins and Mets last Saturday.
New York made a dramatic play in the bottom of the 15th to keep the game going.
Pinch hitter Coco Crisp singled to left with one out and Vernon Wells made a perfect throw to catcher Chris Stewart, who blocked the plate and absorbed a collision to prevent Brandon Moss from scoring the winning run.
The Yankees left 13 on base in all while dropping their seventh straight at the Oakland Coliseum.