A's back Fiers with balanced offense, beat Yankees 8-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Whether playing 20 straight games without a break, bouncing back from a tough loss or pulling off a late-game rally, manager Bob Melvin sure appreciates his resilient Oakland Athletics.

Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run single, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson each doubled in a run, and the A's jumped on the New York Yankees early for an 8-2 win Wednesday night.

Jed Lowrie added a run-scoring single as the A's backed righty Mike Fiers (11-6), who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first after Giancarlo Stanton's one-out double and a pair of two-out walks. Fiers is 4-0 in six starts since joining Oakland, and the A's have won all his outings.

The A's moved within 3 1/2 games of the Yankees for the top AL wild card, also remaining 3 1/2 back of the AL West-leading Astros.

''These guys play hard,'' Fiers said. ''I love playing for this team. They back me up no matter what. Long first inning, then we come up and put together good at-bats and put up four. You can't ask for anything more and I think that kind of settled me down as well.''

Fiers struck out the side in order in the sixth, and the lone hit he allowed after the first was Aaron Hicks' leadoff single in the fourth before Gary Sanchez's two-run homer in the seventh chased the Oakland starter.

Fiers fanned five in six innings, giving up three hits as the A's concluded a grueling stretch of 20 games without an off day.

''Grinding through the 20 days, it's finally over, in the middle of August, against the teams we were matched up against, pretty impressive,'' Melvin said. ''I told them that after the game. They play with the same pace every day.''

New York right-hander Luis Severino (17-7) reached 200 strikeouts for the second consecutive season but was done with two outs in the third for his shortest outing of the season. He allowed six runs - five earned - on six hits.

Severino threw two wild pitches that scored separate runs in the first, when Sanchez also had a pair of passed balls.

''A couple misunderstandings at the plate. A leadoff double, then another double. A bunch of stuff. A couple of cross-ups with the signs. It was a mess,'' Severino said. ''I need to do a better job. I need to communicate more with Gary. I have to try to make it better.''

PLATE PROBLEMS

Sanchez's 13 passed balls matched the Angels' Martin Maldonado for most in majors. Sanchez tied for the big league high with 16 last year. He also has been behind the plate for 37 wild pitches after being part of 53 in 2017.

The home run was Sanchez's first since June 20 against Seattle.

HALL OF FAME

The first class in the Athletics Hall of Fame was enshrined during a pregame ceremony.

Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson and the late Jim ''Catfish'' Hunter, along with Reggie Jackson and 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart were part of the class. So was late A's owner Charlie Finley.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RF Aaron Judge took soft-toss swings and hit off a tee. He also did baserunning and outfield work as he works back from breaking his right wrist July 26. He will continue a similar rehab regimen through the weekend. ''Another positive step forward,'' manager Aaron Boone said. ''He's building a little bit of momentum.'' ... SS Didi Gregorius, sidelined with a bruised left heel he hurt Aug. 19 in a collision with Toronto's Kendrys Morales beating out an infield single, had another good day of baseball activity and the plan is to activate him Friday at Seattle. ''In a lot of ways he's one of the heartbeats of this club,'' Boone said. ... OF Clint Frazier is unlikely to play again this season as he continues to deal with concussion symptoms. He was examined by renowned specialist Dr. Micky Collins at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Frazier returned to Tampa, Florida. ... 3B Miguel Andujar had the night off to give him a two-day break with no game Thursday.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained forearm) threw off a mound and will throw an extended bullpen Saturday during which he gets up and sits down three times while throwing about 15 pitches each session. If all goes well he could be activated to make a start on the next road trip beginning Tuesday at Baltimore.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-5, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound in Friday's series opener at Seattle with an extra day of rest. He is 6-0 with a 2.34 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners and 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in four outings at Safeco Field.

Athletics: Following Thursday's off day, RHP Chris Bassitt (2-3, 3.19) pitches the opener of a weekend series at home against Texas.

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  • W: M. Fiers (11-6)L: L. Severino (17-7)
  • HR: NYY - G. Sanchez (15)
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B. Gardner LF40000010.237.325.372.698-0.5
G. Stanton DH40100020.270.344.511.8551.0
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T. Wade RF10000000.183.234.300.5340.0
A. Hicks CF21100210.253.373.475.8483.5
G. Sanchez C31121101.186.283.411.6948.0
L. Voit 1B40100003.297.366.622.9871.0
N. Walker 3B40100001.221.305.341.6451.0
A. Hechavarria SS30000011.253.285.349.635-0.5
G. Torres 2B30000001.277.349.501.8510.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Laureano CF52200023.299.375.494.8695.0
    M. Chapman 3B31120102.282.365.525.8906.0
    J. Lowrie 2B42210002.275.359.467.8255.0
    K. Davis DH41200012.248.326.543.8694.5
    M. Olson 1B41110013.237.321.439.7603.5
    S. Piscotty RF40120011.265.321.479.8002.5
    M. Semien SS40100002.259.322.383.7051.0
    C. Pinder LF41100021.258.333.420.7541.0
    J. Phegley C30000111.195.247.364.6110.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton (29)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (15)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (45)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 3 (3), N. Walker, G. Torres
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Laureano 2 (6), M. Chapman (35), K. Davis 2 (26), M. Olson (31)
      • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (56), J. Lowrie (87), M. Olson (67), S. Piscotty 2 (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (16), S. Piscotty 2 (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Laureano, J. Lowrie 2 (2), M. Semien 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - G. Sanchez 2 (13)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino (L, 17-7)2.26651303.521.16-9.5
      J. Holder1.11111003.201.030.0
      L. Cessa3.03110205.131.416.0
      S. Tarpley0.210002016.203.600.0
      T. Kahnle0.10000105.941.500.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino (L, 17-7)2.2
      J. Holder1.1
      L. Cessa3.0
      S. Tarpley0.2
      T. Kahnle0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 11-6)6.03223513.361.1722.5
      Y. Petit1.01000003.251.062.0
      L. Trivino1.00000102.121.073.5
      C. Gearrin1.01000103.711.292.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 11-6)6.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Severino 2 (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 59-36, J. Holder 14-8, L. Cessa 40-28, S. Tarpley 11-9, T. Kahnle 3-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 3-2, J. Holder 2-2, L. Cessa 2-5
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 15, J. Holder 6, L. Cessa 12, S. Tarpley 3, T. Kahnle
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-67, Y. Petit 18-10, L. Trivino 13-9, C. Gearrin 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-5, L. Trivino 2-0, C. Gearrin 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, Y. Petit 4, L. Trivino 3, C. Gearrin 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF40000010.237.325.372.698-0.5
      G. Stanton DH40100020.270.344.511.8551.0
      A. McCutchen RF30000021.249.354.404.757-1.0
      T. Wade RF10000000.183.234.300.5340.0
      A. Hicks CF21100210.253.373.475.8483.5
      G. Sanchez C31121101.186.283.411.6948.0
      L. Voit 1B40100003.297.366.622.9871.0
      N. Walker 3B40100001.221.305.341.6451.0
      A. Hechavarria SS30000011.253.285.349.635-0.5
      G. Torres 2B30000001.277.349.501.8510.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        R. Laureano CF52200023.299.375.494.8695.0
        M. Chapman 3B31120102.282.365.525.8906.0
        J. Lowrie 2B42210002.275.359.467.8255.0
        K. Davis DH41200012.248.326.543.8694.5
        M. Olson 1B41110013.237.321.439.7603.5
        S. Piscotty RF40120011.265.321.479.8002.5
        M. Semien SS40100002.259.322.383.7051.0
        C. Pinder LF41100021.258.333.420.7541.0
        J. Phegley C30000111.195.247.364.6110.5
        Total35811602817-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Stanton (29)
          • HR - G. Sanchez (15)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (45)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 3 (3), N. Walker, G. Torres
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Laureano 2 (6), M. Chapman (35), K. Davis 2 (26), M. Olson (31)
          • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (56), J. Lowrie (87), M. Olson (67), S. Piscotty 2 (71)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (16), S. Piscotty 2 (25)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Laureano, J. Lowrie 2 (2), M. Semien 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • PB - G. Sanchez 2 (13)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Severino (L, 17-7)2.26651303.521.16-9.5
          J. Holder1.11111003.201.030.0
          L. Cessa3.03110205.131.416.0
          S. Tarpley0.210002016.203.600.0
          T. Kahnle0.10000105.941.500.5
          Total8.01187280---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Severino (L, 17-7)2.2
          J. Holder1.1
          L. Cessa3.0
          S. Tarpley0.2
          T. Kahnle0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 11-6)6.03223513.361.1722.5
          Y. Petit1.01000003.251.062.0
          L. Trivino1.00000102.121.073.5
          C. Gearrin1.01000103.711.292.5
          Total9.0522371---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 11-6)6.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          L. Trivino1.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Severino 2 (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 59-36, J. Holder 14-8, L. Cessa 40-28, S. Tarpley 11-9, T. Kahnle 3-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 3-2, J. Holder 2-2, L. Cessa 2-5
          • Batters Faced - L. Severino 15, J. Holder 6, L. Cessa 12, S. Tarpley 3, T. Kahnle
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-67, Y. Petit 18-10, L. Trivino 13-9, C. Gearrin 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-5, L. Trivino 2-0, C. Gearrin 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, Y. Petit 4, L. Trivino 3, C. Gearrin 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Sanchez homered to left, Hicks scored28
          • 6TH INNING
            Chapman doubled to deep left, Laureano scored08
          • 4TH INNING
            Chapman grounded out to first, Pinder scored, Laureano to second07
          • 3RD INNING
            Piscotty singled to center, Chapman and Lowrie scored06
          • 1ST INNING
            Olson scored on wild pitch04
            Olson doubled to deep left, Davis scored03
            Lowrie scored, Davis to third on wild pitch02
            Lowrie singled to right, Laureano scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Lou Trivino
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • L. Voit: Voit singled to center
            • N. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Lou Trivino relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • T. Wade: Wade grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Stephen Tarpley relieved Luis Cessa
            • M. Semien: Semien singled to right
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Phegley struck out looking
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Stephen Tarpley
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez homered to left, Hicks scored
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Mike Fiers
            • L. Voit: Ball, Voit flied out to left
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker singled to right
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria flied out to right
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Torres popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Wade in right field
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson grounded out to second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty lined out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phegley popped out to shortstop
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Laureano doubled to deep right center
            • M. Chapman: Chapman doubled to deep left, Laureano scored
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria fouled out to right
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Torres flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Luis Cessa relieved Jonathan Holder
            • K. Davis: Davis doubled to deep center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Olson grounded out to shortstop, Davis to third
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty flied out to center
            • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Semien lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hicks singled to left
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Sanchez grounded out to second, Hicks out at second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Voit grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Holder Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to left
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phegley walked, Pinder to second
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Laureano reached on fielder's choice to third, Pinder to third, Phegley out at second
            • M. Chapman: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman grounded out to first, Pinder scored, Laureano to second
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Stanton flied out to deep center
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to center, Chapman to second
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to third, Chapman to third, Lowrie to second
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty singled to center, Chapman and Lowrie scored
            • Jonathan Holder relieved Luis Severino
            • M. Semien: Semien lined out to left
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to first
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder lined out to center
            • J. Phegley: Phegley flied out to left
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep right
            • G. Stanton: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stanton doubled to deep right center
            • A. McCutchen: McCutchen flied out to deep center, Stanton to third
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks walked
            • G. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked, Hicks to second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Voit grounded into fielder's choice to third, Hicks out at third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano doubled to deep left
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Laureano to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowrie singled to right, Laureano scored
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis doubled to deep right, Lowrie to third
            • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Lowrie scored, Davis to third on wild pitch, Ball, Olson doubled to deep left, Davis scored
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson scored on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)