Yankees homer twice late to beat Athletics 5-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Voit let a changeup go by for a called strike on the first pitch from Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning. When the Athletics reliever tried sneaking another changeup past him, Voit sent it soaring into the left-field stands.

The big first baseman hit a tiebreaking home run, Adeiny Hechavarria also went deep and the New York Yankees beat Oakland 5-1 on Tuesday night.

''He's had a great changeup forever and I saw a good one first pitch,'' Voit said. ''I was taking that approach just to stay right-center if he hangs it. He left a pitch up and I have to do some damage with it.''

The Yankees didn't have a baserunner until the fifth inning and didn't get their first hit until the sixth. But they scored late off the normally reliable A's bullpen to even a series between the top two teams in the AL wild-card race.

New York increased its lead over Oakland to 4 1/2 games for the first wild card.

Four pitchers combined on a two-hitter for the Yankees. David Robertson (8-3) retired three batters to earn the win.

Brett Gardner singled twice and scored a pair of runs for New York. Aaron Hicks added two RBIs.

''This is like a playoff game,'' Voit said. ''I think we're going to get hot at the right time. This team is so freaking dangerous, especially when we get some of these guys back from injuries. The sky's the limit and I'm excited.''

Voit homered on an 0-1 pitch from Rodney (4-3), a towering solo shot to left field. Voit emphatically pointed to the Yankees dugout and smiled while heading toward first base as a large contingent of New York fans at the Coliseum cheered.

It was Voit's seventh home run in 12 games.

''To see the Luke Voit show roll on, he's been terrific,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''He's got confidence deep down in his ability. He plays with a little bit of a swagger, but that's from a place of confidence.''

Hicks, who drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game in the seventh, added a two-out RBI single later in the eighth.

Hechavarria homered in the ninth, his first with the Yankees after being acquired from Pittsburgh last week.

''It definitely felt nice,'' Hechavarria said through a translator. ''The second pitch was a fastball and I was kind of late on that. I figured he was going to come back with that, and the next time around I was ready for it.''

Stephen Piscotty hit his 22nd home run for Oakland.

For the second time in four games, the A's started a reliever. Liam Hendriks, who also started Saturday, pitched the first inning before Daniel Mengden took over in the second.

Mengden kept the Yankees hitless until Gleyber Torres singled just past diving shortstop Marcus Semien. Torres was promptly picked off by Ryan Buchter.

''It's more we just didn't do enough offensively tonight,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''No matter what we give up, even if it's two runs, when you get two hits, it's going to be a tough time winning.''

Piscotty homered off Yankees starter J.A. Happ in the second, matching his season high set in 2016 with St. Louis.

ALMOST GOT HIM

Oakland reliever Ryan Buchter appeared to hit Gardner in the head with his first pitch after relieving Mengden with two outs in the sixth. Gardner walked slowly to first base while Boone and a trainer came out of the dugout to check on him. Plate umpire Tom Hallion conferred with first base umpire Dan Bellino, and the two determined the ball hit Gardner's bat and not his batting helmet. ''I think it scared him more than anything,'' Boone said.

HELPING AT HOME

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and wife Amber will host a backpack giveaway, pep rally and career panel Thursday at their old high school in Vallejo, about 30 miles north of Oakland.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: For the second consecutive day, Aaron Judge ran the bases and did defensive work in the outfield. Judge also stood in the batter's box when Masahiro Tanaka threw a bullpen in order to work on his timing. ... SS Didi Gregorious (bruised left heel) could rejoin the team this weekend in Seattle. Gregorious ran on the field, fielded grounders and took batting practice. ... LHP Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) worked out on a treadmill and threw on flat ground.

Athletics: RHP Shawn Kelley has a lacerated finger on his pitching hand and is day to day.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Severino (17-6, 3.32 ERA) pitches the series finale for New York and needs one strikeout to reach 200 for the second consecutive season. RHP Mike Fiers (10-6, 3.38) is 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts since joining Oakland. The A's have won all five of his starts.

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  • W: D. Robertson (8-3)L: F. Rodney (4-3)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hechavarria (5), L. Voit (8), OAK - S. Piscotty (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Gardner LF52210011.239.328.375.7036.5
G. Stanton DH50100023.271.344.511.8550.0
A. McCutchen RF20000210.251.356.406.7621.5
A. Hicks CF30120100.252.370.475.8454.0
M. Andujar 3B30000013.297.331.523.854-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS11111000.256.288.353.6426.0
G. Sanchez C41100014.185.280.400.6801.5
N. Walker 2B-3B30000113.220.305.342.6470.5
L. Voit 1B41111013.300.372.6431.0155.5
G. Torres SS-2B30100122.280.352.506.8571.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000010.259.322.384.706-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B40100020.281.364.524.8880.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40000021.274.358.466.824-1.0
    K. Davis DH20000120.245.325.539.8640.0
    S. Piscotty RF21111012.265.322.481.8036.5
    M. Olson 1B30000013.237.322.439.760-0.5
    M. Canha LF30000001.244.320.441.7610.0
    R. Laureano CF20000100.292.373.472.8461.0
    J. Lucroy C30000001.238.290.323.6130.0
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Hechavarria (5), L. Voit (8)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (41), A. Hicks 2 (68), A. Hechavarria (30), L. Voit (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner (16), A. Hicks (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), N. Walker 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Piscotty (22)
      • RBI - S. Piscotty (69)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (14)
      • Picked Off - G. Torres (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Walker-Torres-Voit; Walker-Torres-Voit)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (5)
      • DP - 2 (Semien-Lowrie-Olson; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      • E - M. Chapman (17), M. Semien (20)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ6.02111513.901.1319.5
      D. Robertson (W, 8-3)1.00001302.850.9810.5
      Z. Britton (H, 7)1.00000003.941.343.0
      D. Betances1.00000102.500.953.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ6.0
      D. Robertson (W, 8-3)1.0
      Z. Britton (H, 7)1.0
      D. Betances1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Hendriks1.00000107.241.983.5
      D. Mengden4.21000304.261.1712.5
      R. Buchter (H, 13)0.11110003.161.31-2.0
      J. Familia (BS, 5)0.21002202.701.22-2.0
      F. Rodney (L, 4-3)1.12222112.861.36-7.5
      E. Pagan0.22221214.251.24-4.0
      D. Kiekhefer0.01000000.000.00-1.0
      C. Hatcher0.10000104.081.580.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Hendriks1.0
      D. Mengden4.2
      R. Buchter (H, 13)0.1
      J. Familia (BS, 5)0.2
      F. Rodney (L, 4-3)1.1
      E. Pagan0.2
      D. Kiekhefer0.0
      C. Hatcher0.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Happ (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 78-50, D. Robertson 22-14, Z. Britton 11-6, D. Betances 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, Z. Britton 2-1, D. Betances 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 20, D. Robertson 4, Z. Britton 3, D. Betances 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Kiekhefer
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 11-7, D. Mengden 51-31, R. Buchter 9-5, J. Familia 29-17, F. Rodney 28-13, E. Pagan 21-13, D. Kiekhefer 6-3, C. Hatcher 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Mengden 6-5, F. Rodney 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 3, D. Mengden 15, R. Buchter, J. Familia 5, F. Rodney 7, E. Pagan 5, D. Kiekhefer, C. Hatcher
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF52210011.239.328.375.7036.5
      G. Stanton DH50100023.271.344.511.8550.0
      A. McCutchen RF20000210.251.356.406.7621.5
      A. Hicks CF30120100.252.370.475.8454.0
      M. Andujar 3B30000013.297.331.523.854-0.5
      A. Hechavarria SS11111000.256.288.353.6426.0
      G. Sanchez C41100014.185.280.400.6801.5
      N. Walker 2B-3B30000113.220.305.342.6470.5
      L. Voit 1B41111013.300.372.6431.0155.5
      G. Torres SS-2B30100122.280.352.506.8571.0
      Total33585251019-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS40000010.259.322.384.706-0.5
        M. Chapman 3B40100020.281.364.524.8880.0
        J. Lowrie 2B40000021.274.358.466.824-1.0
        K. Davis DH20000120.245.325.539.8640.0
        S. Piscotty RF21111012.265.322.481.8036.5
        M. Olson 1B30000013.237.322.439.760-0.5
        M. Canha LF30000001.244.320.441.7610.0
        R. Laureano CF20000100.292.373.472.8461.0
        J. Lucroy C30000001.238.290.323.6130.0
        Total271211298-----
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Hechavarria (5), L. Voit (8)
          • RBI - B. Gardner (41), A. Hicks 2 (68), A. Hechavarria (30), L. Voit (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Gardner (16), A. Hicks (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), N. Walker 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - S. Piscotty (22)
          • RBI - S. Piscotty (69)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Gardner (14)
          • Picked Off - G. Torres (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Walker-Torres-Voit; Walker-Torres-Voit)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (5)
          • DP - 2 (Semien-Lowrie-Olson; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
          • E - M. Chapman (17), M. Semien (20)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ6.02111513.901.1319.5
          D. Robertson (W, 8-3)1.00001302.850.9810.5
          Z. Britton (H, 7)1.00000003.941.343.0
          D. Betances1.00000102.500.953.5
          Total9.0211291---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ6.0
          D. Robertson (W, 8-3)1.0
          Z. Britton (H, 7)1.0
          D. Betances1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Hendriks1.00000107.241.983.5
          D. Mengden4.21000304.261.1712.5
          R. Buchter (H, 13)0.11110003.161.31-2.0
          J. Familia (BS, 5)0.21002202.701.22-2.0
          F. Rodney (L, 4-3)1.12222112.861.36-7.5
          E. Pagan0.22221214.251.24-4.0
          D. Kiekhefer0.01000000.000.00-1.0
          C. Hatcher0.10000104.081.580.5
          Total9.08555102---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Hendriks1.0
          D. Mengden4.2
          R. Buchter (H, 13)0.1
          J. Familia (BS, 5)0.2
          F. Rodney (L, 4-3)1.1
          E. Pagan0.2
          D. Kiekhefer0.0
          C. Hatcher0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Happ (9)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 78-50, D. Robertson 22-14, Z. Britton 11-6, D. Betances 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-7, Z. Britton 2-1, D. Betances 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 20, D. Robertson 4, Z. Britton 3, D. Betances 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Kiekhefer
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 11-7, D. Mengden 51-31, R. Buchter 9-5, J. Familia 29-17, F. Rodney 28-13, E. Pagan 21-13, D. Kiekhefer 6-3, C. Hatcher 6-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Mengden 6-5, F. Rodney 1-1
          • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 3, D. Mengden 15, R. Buchter, J. Familia 5, F. Rodney 7, E. Pagan 5, D. Kiekhefer, C. Hatcher
          • 9TH INNING
            Gardner reached on an infield single to second, Sanchez scored, Walker to third51
            Hechavarria homered to left41
          • 8TH INNING
            Hicks singled to left center, Gardner scored, McCutchen out at third31
            Voit homered to left21
          • 7TH INNING
            Hicks walked, Gardner scored, Stanton to third, McCutchen to second11
          • 2ND INNING
            Piscotty homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Fernando Rodney
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hechavarria homered to left
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez singled to center
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked, Sanchez to second
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • Dean Kiekhefer relieved Emilio Pagan
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez to third, Walker to second on wild pitch, Ball, Gardner reached on an infield single to second, Sanchez scored, Walker to third
            • Chris Hatcher relieved Dean Kiekhefer
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dellin Betances relieved Zach Britton
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien lined out to left
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • F. Rodney Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Voit homered to left
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to second, Torres out at second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner stole second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks singled to left center, Gardner scored, McCutchen out at third
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop
            • Zach Britton relieved David Robertson
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to third
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Buchter Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Jeurys Familia relieved Ryan Buchter
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Stanton singled to left, Gardner to second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked, Gardner to third, Stanton to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hicks walked, Gardner scored, Stanton to third, McCutchen to second
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Jeurys Familia
            • N. Walker: Ball, Walker fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Chapman singled to right
            • David Robertson relieved J.A. Happ
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Chapman to second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Walker safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Voit grounded out to second, Walker out at second
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Foul, Torres singled to left
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Daniel Mengden
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Torres picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Foul, Ball, Laureano flied out to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy lined out to center
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Semien flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Hicks grounded bunt out to third
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar safe at first on 3rd baseman Chapman throwing error
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second, Andujar out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty hit by pitch
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson flied out to deep center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Canha grounded out to shortstop, Piscotty out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner lined out to right
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton grounded out to third
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to second
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Voit flied out to deep right
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop, Laureano out at second
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Daniel Mengden relieved Liam Hendriks
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks lined out to first
            • M. Andujar: Andujar flied out to center
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty homered to center
            • M. Olson: Olson flied out to left
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Hendriks Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton flied out to deep right
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie fouled out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)