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|Oakland (40-27) «||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||x||5||8||1|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sure, Brandon Moss would like to have more than five hits in his last 40 at-bats. It's not so bad, though, considering all five have cleared the fences.
Moss hit his 10th home run in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected twice April 29 against the Angels. Of his five hits over 40 at-bats in his past 19 games, all are home runs.
"Last year in Triple-A, I did it at exactly this time. I had three weeks straight where the only hits I had were home runs," Moss said. "I'll take that. It's not where I want to be, obviously. I'd much rather be getting hits also. I said it a long time ago, I've done it before where I've sacrificed power for hits. It still didn't turn out well. ... If you're able to contribute and drive in runs when you do connect, it's definitely better than taking your seat."
Moss' power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third consecutive decision.
John Jaso added an RBI double and a run-scoring single for Oakland. The A's (40-27) won for the 20th time in 25 games and are off to their best start since 1990.
New York missed a scoring chance during an odd sequence in the seventh.
Jayson Nix hit a two-out RBI single and stole second. With Nix as the potential tying run, Lyle Overbay came out to pinch-hit with a 1-0 count already against Austin Romine. A's manager Bob Melvin then made his own switch, to reliever Sean Doolittle.
Chris Stewart came on to pinch-hit for Overbay, who never reached the batter's box but was credited for appearing in the game. Stewart struck out on a changeup to end the inning.
"I've never done that before. That was weird," Doolittle said. "I was like, 'What's going to happen here?' ... I didn't really know what was going on. I've never, in my short time as a pitcher, come in in the middle of a count like that."
Doolittle then pitched a perfect eighth before Grant Balfour finished for his 17th save of the season and 35th in a row dating to April 29, 2012. He retired Nix on a broken-bat comebacker to end it with runners on first and second.
Straily, coming off a pair of no-decisions, allowed two or fewer runs for the fourth time in five outings. He gave up two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Oakland owns its longest unbeaten streak at home since another 10-game run from Aug. 11 to Sept. 1, 2006. The A's secured their first season series victory against the Yankees since going 4-2 in 2007.
"It was just a matter of time," Melvin said of Moss finding a groove. "He was such an instrumental part last year."
Hughes walked a season-high five and lost for the third time in four decisions. He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings. He hadn't walked more than two batters all season.
The Yankees haven't hit a home run in a season-high five consecutive games -- the club's longest drought since also going five games from May 17-21, 2006.
"It's part of the game. You have to fight your way out of it," manager Joe Girardi said. "We know the guys are capable."
|Brandon Moss comes up with his third career two-HR game. Meanwhile, the Yanks make it five straight games without going yard. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.283|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.182|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.231|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.237|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.235|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Jayson Nix, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.250|
|Austin Romine, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.140|
|a- Lyle Overbay, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|b- Chris Stewart, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.282|
|a-announced for Romine in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Overbay in the 7th|
|SF - Mark Teixeira (1)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira (12), Jayson Nix (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jayson Nix (6)|
|SB - Jayson Nix (9, 2nd base off Straily/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1|
|DP - Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Phil Hughes (L,3-5)||4.1||4||3||3||5||3||1||4.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 95-55, Shawn Kelley 29-16, Boone Logan 11-6, Joba Chamberlain 33-23, Preston Claiborne 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 2-6, Shawn Kelley 2-2, Joba Chamberlain 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 20, Shawn Kelley 7, Boone Logan 3, Joba Chamberlain 7, Preston Claiborne 2|
|John Jaso, C||4||0||2||2||1||1||0||.280|
|Seth Smith, LF||1||0||1||0||4||0||0||.269|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||4||.300|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||6||.317|
|Josh Reddick, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.188|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||4||2||2||3||0||2||1||.228|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.173|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.263|
|Nate Freiman, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.272|
|2B - John Jaso (8, Hughes)|
|HR - Brandon Moss 2 (11, Hughes, Chamberlain)|
|RBI - John Jaso 2 (17), Brandon Moss 3 (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - John Jaso (7)|
|SB - Eric Sogard 2 (5, 2nd base off Hughes/Romine, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Stewart)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Eric Sogard (3, Throwing)|
|Dan Straily (W,4-2)||6.2||3||2||2||1||3||0||4.45|
|Sean Doolittle (H,11)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.72|
|Grant Balfour (S,17)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.30|
|HBP - Youkilis (by Dan Straily)|
|WP - Dan Straily (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 85-61, Sean Doolittle 16-13, Grant Balfour 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 10-8, Grant Balfour 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Straily 26, Sean Doolittle 4, Grant Balfour 5|
|Attendance - 25176|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|