Khris Davis' 2-run homer leads Athletics to sweep of Yankees

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A week ago, the first-place New York Yankees came to the West Coast on a roll. They were scoring more than enough runs to support their starters and winning by comfortable margins.

They are headed home to the Bronx in a June skid, emotionally and physically spent from the California heat, long games and losing so many close ones.

Khris Davis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third that held up to back rookie Jharel Cotton's first victory since May 4, and the Oakland Athletics completed a four-game sweep of the slumping Yankees with a 4-3 win Sunday.

''Not very fun,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''They're not going to be perfect all the time. For the rest of the year these guys are going to be somewhat tired, that's just the bottom line.''

Davis hit his team-best 18th homer in the third after Chad Pinder tied the game on a two-run double that inning. Davis' leadoff double in the sixth was wasted.

New York welcomed back flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman but still lost its season-high sixth straight game following a six-game winning streak, finishing a disappointing 1-6 road trip with a weekend dud against the American League's worst team.

''As long as the feel of the team is still positive and energetic, guys aren't putting their head down and we're still having fun and enjoying each other, I think everything will be fine,'' Matt Holliday said. ''These things happen during a season. You're going to go through stretches like this. You find out what you're made of.''

Cotton (4-7) struck out six over 6 1/3 innings for his second-longest start of the season after going seven innings April 10 at Kansas City. The rookie right-hander, who had been 0-4 over a five-start winless stretch since beating the Twins, gave up six hits and three runs with a walk.

The A's won their fourth straight game, marking the club's second-longest winning streak of 2017 behind a stretch of five in a row April 18-22. Oakland had gone 26 series without a sweep dating to last Sept. 12-15 at Kansas City.

Holliday hit a towering solo homer in the second that reached the top of the elevated bleachers then Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the third on a scorching Sunday. First-pitch temperature at the Coliseum was 90 degrees - the hottest to start a game since it was 91 degrees on June 20, 2008. The warmest day for baseball ever here was 92.

Chapman came off the disabled list after missing more than a month and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. New York needs him late in games, and Girardi was determined to use his flame-throwing closer regardless of the situation to immediately get him back in major league action.

Oakland's Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his third save and second in as many games after coming off the DL on June 10.

''Against a team that's that good, one of the best teams in the American League, to come away with a four-game sweep is really big for us,'' said Doolittle, who spent time in the clubhouse to stay cool.

Didi Gregorius homered leading off the fourth for the Yankees, who lost three of the games here by one run. The umpires reviewed the drive to determine whether the ball stayed just inside the right-field foul pole, and their original call of home run was confirmed.

New York catcher Gary Sanchez was written into the lineup after going through pregame work to test his tender groin, an injury from Thursday night.

Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (0-1) allowed four run and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked in his first start this year and second appearance.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks missed his third straight day with tightness in his left leg that he experienced during Thursday night's 10-inning loss. ... LHP Chapman had been out since May 13 with inflammation in the rotator cuff of his pitching shoulder. ... Holliday returned to the lineup at DH after sitting Saturday with an allergic reaction to something he ate.

Athletics: Starting RHP Andrew Triggs, on the 10-day DL with a strained left hip, was scheduled for a cortisone injection. ... Home plate umpire Ted Barrett took a ball off the left knee in the fifth but was fine to stay in the game.

DELAYED

The Yankees were delayed slightly getting out of San Francisco on Sunday morning after the lower deck of the Bay Bridge was partially shut down going out of the city toward Oakland for at least five hours. Officers responding to a crash shot and wounded a motorist who drove at them. Girardi said the team's bus got moving once two lanes reopened.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Following an off day Monday, RHP Michael Pineda (7-3) goes for his team-best eighth victory as the Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1), who allowed seven runs in his first career start and outing last Wednesday at Miami for the most ever by an Oakland pitcher in his major league debut, pitches the series opener against the Astros.

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  • W: J. Cotton (4-7)L: L. Cessa (0-1)S: S. Doolittle (3)
  • HR: NYY - M. Holliday (14), D. Gregorius (7), OAK - K. Davis (18)
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G. Sanchez C40000012.287.371.540.911-0.5
A. Judge RF30110011.335.445.6991.1442.5
M. Holliday DH41111003.270.375.516.8916.0
S. Castro 2B40000011.324.361.511.872-0.5
D. Gregorius SS41211000.330.351.500.8517.0
C. Headley 3B30000022.244.329.364.694-1.0
C. Carter 1B30000112.205.292.391.6830.5
M. Williams CF20000013.222.222.222.444-0.5
a- R. Refsnyder LF10000010.172.226.276.502-0.5
  • a-struck out for Williams in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce RF31200100.231.336.414.7505.0
C. Pinder SS41120002.236.288.496.7845.0
J. Lowrie 2B30000112.287.359.484.8430.5
K. Davis LF41221001.240.320.496.8169.0
R. Davis LF0000-000.214.267.321.000-
R. Healy 1B40000031.284.313.545.858-1.5
Y. Alonso 1B0000-000.302.397.630.000-
S. Vogt DH30000001.213.276.355.6310.0
M. Chapman 3B30000021.214.313.286.598-1.0
J. Brugman CF30100010.273.324.273.597-0.5
J. Phegley C31100000.216.240.371.6112.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Gardner (13)
    • HR - M. Holliday (14), D. Gregorius (7)
    • RBI - A. Judge (53), M. Holliday (46), D. Gregorius (26)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Joyce (10), C. Pinder (9), K. Davis (10)
    • HR - K. Davis (18)
    • RBI - C. Pinder 2 (23), K. Davis 2 (45)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 2 (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Gardner (8)
    • CS - C. Headley
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Brugman
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder, R. Healy
    • E - C. Pinder (4)
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Cessa (L, 0-1)4.0541417.361.50-1.0
    C. Green 2.0200202.450.775.0
    T. Clippard 1.0001002.220.992.0
    A. Chapman 1.0000103.291.323.5
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Cotton (W, 4-7)6.1631625.401.4221.0
    D. Coulombe 0.2000101.931.160.5
    R. Madson 1.0000002.630.993.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.0000102.310.6010.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 73-47, C. Green 36-23, T. Clippard 18-10, A. Chapman 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 4-3, A. Chapman 2-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 17, C. Green 8, T. Clippard 4, A. Chapman 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Cotton (3), R. Madson
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cotton 103-66, D. Coulombe 10-6, R. Madson 11-6, S. Doolittle 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cotton 2-10, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Madson 2-0, S. Doolittle 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Cotton 26, D. Coulombe 2, R. Madson 3, S. Doolittle 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF41200000.266.345.484.8296.0
    G. Sanchez C40000012.287.371.540.911-0.5
    A. Judge RF30110011.335.445.6991.1442.5
    M. Holliday DH41111003.270.375.516.8916.0
    S. Castro 2B40000011.324.361.511.872-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS41211000.330.351.500.8517.0
    C. Headley 3B30000022.244.329.364.694-1.0
    C. Carter 1B30000112.205.292.391.6830.5
    M. Williams CF20000013.222.222.222.444-0.5
    a- R. Refsnyder LF10000010.172.226.276.502-0.5
    Total3236321814-----
    • a-struck out for Williams in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce RF31200100.231.336.414.7505.0
    C. Pinder SS41120002.236.288.496.7845.0
    J. Lowrie 2B30000112.287.359.484.8430.5
    K. Davis LF41221001.240.320.496.8169.0
    R. Davis LF0000-000.214.267.321.000-
    R. Healy 1B40000031.284.313.545.858-1.5
    Y. Alonso 1B0000-000.302.397.630.000-
    S. Vogt DH30000001.213.276.355.6310.0
    M. Chapman 3B30000021.214.313.286.598-1.0
    J. Brugman CF30100010.273.324.273.597-0.5
    J. Phegley C31100000.216.240.371.6112.0
    Total304741278-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (13)
      • HR - M. Holliday (14), D. Gregorius (7)
      • RBI - A. Judge (53), M. Holliday (46), D. Gregorius (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Joyce (10), C. Pinder (9), K. Davis (10)
      • HR - K. Davis (18)
      • RBI - C. Pinder 2 (23), K. Davis 2 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 2 (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (8)
      • CS - C. Headley
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Brugman
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder, R. Healy
      • E - C. Pinder (4)
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Cessa (L, 0-1)4.0541417.361.50-1.0
      C. Green 2.0200202.450.775.0
      T. Clippard 1.0001002.220.992.0
      A. Chapman 1.0000103.291.323.5
      Total8.074271---
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Cotton (W, 4-7)6.1631625.401.4221.0
      D. Coulombe 0.2000101.931.160.5
      R. Madson 1.0000002.630.993.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 3)1.0000102.310.6010.5
      Total9.063182---
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 73-47, C. Green 36-23, T. Clippard 18-10, A. Chapman 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 4-3, A. Chapman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 17, C. Green 8, T. Clippard 4, A. Chapman 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Cotton (3), R. Madson
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cotton 103-66, D. Coulombe 10-6, R. Madson 11-6, S. Doolittle 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cotton 2-10, D. Coulombe 1-0, R. Madson 2-0, S. Doolittle 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Cotton 26, D. Coulombe 2, R. Madson 3, S. Doolittle 4
      • 4TH INNING
        Gregorius homered to right34
      • 3RD INNING
        Davis homered to center, Pinder scored24
        Pinder doubled to right, Phegley and Joyce scored22
        Judge singled to right, Gardner scored, Judge to second20
      • 2ND INNING
        Holliday homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
        • Rajai Davis in left
        • Yonder Alonso at first
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to shortstop
        • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius safe at first on shortstop Pinder fielding error, Gregorius to second
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • C. Carter: Carter fouled out to first
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Madson relieved Daniel Coulombe
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge hit by pitch
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Holliday grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Judge out at second
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Tyler Clippard
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded out to third
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • C. Carter: Foul, Carter fouled out to catcher
        • Daniel Coulombe relieved Jharel Cotton
        • Rob Refsnyder hit for Mason Williams
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Chad Green
        • Rob Refsnyder in left
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brugman flied out to right
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Phegley flied out to center
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pinder flied out to deep center
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Foul, Foul, Castro fouled out to catcher
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Gregorius lined out to center
        • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Headley grounded out to first
        • C. Green Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Davis doubled to deep center
        • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • S. Vogt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogt lined out to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner singled to shallow right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Sanchez flied out to shallow left
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to deep center
        • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gardner stole second, Ball, Holliday popped out to catcher
        • Chad Green relieved Luis Cessa
        • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phegley flied out to center
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Joyce singled to shallow left center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gregorius homered to right
        • C. Headley: Ball, Headley hit by pitch
        • C. Carter: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
        • M. Williams: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Headley caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • L. Cessa Pitching:
        • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogt grounded out to first
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Brugman singled to right
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brugman caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner doubled to deep right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to right, Gardner scored, Judge to second
        • M. Holliday: Holliday fouled out to catcher
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to first
        • L. Cessa Pitching:
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Brugman struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phegley singled to center
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce doubled to deep center, Phegley to third
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pinder doubled to right, Phegley and Joyce scored
        • J. Lowrie: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lowrie grounded out to second, Pinder to third
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis homered to center, Pinder scored
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Holliday homered to center
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius singled to right
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
        • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Carter walked, Gregorius to second
        • M. Williams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Williams flied out to right
        • L. Cessa Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • S. Vogt: Strike swinging, Ball, Vogt popped out to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman flied out to shallow center
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Cotton Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner lined out to left
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez flied out to left
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • Luis Cessa pitching
        • Luis Cessa pitching
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Joyce lined out to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Pinder grounded out to catcher
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lowrie out at second
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)