Andrew Bailey saw Coco Crisp take off for the ball with a route that made him very nervous.
That is until he saw the ball settle into the center fielder's glove just in front of the wall.
Bailey retired Nick Swisher on a nearly 385-foot out with the bases loaded after Oakland blew a late six-run lead, barely preserving the Athletics' 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
"The way I saw Coco running at it, he usually takes that run when he has to rob something so I wasn't too happy about it," Bailey said. "But then I saw it fall short. Big sigh of relief."
Derek Jeter had three hits, tying Rod Carew for 22nd place all-time with 3,053. But Brandon McCarthy stifled the rest of a New York lineup that was again missing Alex Rodriguez into the eighth inning.
A-Rod returned from knee surgery for his first game since July 7 on Sunday and sprained his thumb fielding a ball against the Twins. X-rays Tuesday were negative and he is day to day.
"It wasn't what I wanted to hear today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Hopefully it gets a lot better by tomorrow."
Brandon Allen hit two tape-measure homers, Eric Sogard connected for one that barely cleared the wall and McCarthy ran the A's stretch of superb pitching into the eighth before allowing a two-out, three-run homer to Swisher that lifted a quiet crowd.
The three runs were one more than Oakland had given up in the previous three games combined.
The Yankees rallied for two more in the ninth against Bailey.
Bailey gave up a homer to Jorge Posada to open the inning and Russell Martin doubled. Brett Gardner reached on an error by third baseman Scott Sizemore, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases after Jeter sacrificed the runners over. An out later, Robinson Cano walked on what appeared to be strike 3 to make it 6-5.