A's closer Andrew Bailey survived a scare when Nick Swisher's drive to right center died feet from the fence, safely in Coco Crisp's glove.
But if you ask Bailey, the game should have ended one hitter earlier.
Bailey threw a 3-2 pitch down the middle of the plate to Robinson Cano. Home plate ump Gary Cederstrom called the pitch a ball. But Bailey disagreed.
"I thought it was a strike," Bailey said. "But I can't let it get to that point."
Bailey took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead but immediately surrendered a long home run to Jorge Posada. Russell Martin followed with a double and Brett Gardner reached on an error by third baseman Scott Sizemore.
Derek Jeter, who was 3-for-3 entering the ninth inning, laid down a sacrifice to get Martin and Gardner to third and second, respectively.
After a Mark Teixeira pop-out and Curtis Granderson walk, Cano drew the questionable walk to plate Martin, which set up Swisher's deep drive to right.
"The way I saw Coco running at it, I was like, he usually takes that run when he has to rob something so I wasn't too happy," he said.
Bailey, a Wagner College grad, was relieved when Crisp caught it at the wall.
"I shouldn't have been in that position," he said.