Jason Giambi knew what was coming.
Mark Mulder knew what would happen.
The Oakland Athletics are doing just about everything right these days: hitting, pitching and prognosticating.
Giambi hit a majestic two-run, two-out homer in the ninth inning to give the Athletics their 11th straight victory, 4-2 over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
The shot off Mike Stanton (7-3) -- Giambi's 1,000th career hit -- provided the perfect ending to Oakland's perfect homestand. The A's went 6-0 against Boston and New York to take a two-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL wild card race.
"I bet the whole bank that I'd see a 3-2 breaking ball," Giambi said. "It's a gutsy pitch to throw, but I knew I had it. It's incredible to make something like that into No. 1,000. Maybe it was all meant to be this way."
Mulder (15-6), who pitched a seven-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, had a feeling about what Giambi would do.
"Everyone in the dugout was saying it: 'Watch him hit a curveball for a homer,"' Mulder said.
Oakland extended its longest winning streak since a team-record 14-game string in 1988.
In other games, it was Boston 12, Baltimore 10; Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 3; Kansas City 6, Detroit 4; Seattle 2, Chicago 1; Anaheim 6, Toronto 5; and Cleveland 13, Texas 2
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