Davis, Semien hit 2-run homers as A's beat Yankees 6-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When slugger Khris Davis cleared the fences again at last, he gave it an animated trot around the bases complete with a salute approaching third before celebrating with his teammates back in the dugout.

When top pitching prospect A.J. Puk made his major league debut at last, the crowd went crazy and he felt the love. His teammates razzed him afterward and he assured everybody, ''I can take it.''

Davis and Marcus Semien each hit a two-run homer to back Mike Fiers, and the Oakland Athletics held off the New York Yankees 6-4 on Wednesday night to clinch another series win against an AL division leader after taking three of four games from Houston last weekend.

Oakland moved a percentage point in front of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card.

Davis snapped an 0-for-17 slump - three at-bats shy of the longest hitless drought of his career - with his first home run since July 30 and second since June 18. He sent a full-count pitch down the right field line in the second inning for just his 18th homer after he led the majors last season with 48 for his third straight year with 40 or more.

''He needed that,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''He's been grinding hard. He takes this pretty seriously. He's been so instrumental for this team, as consistent a power hitter as we've ever had around here.''

Stephen Piscotty added a solo home run in the sixth after the Yankees got Mike Tauchman's sacrifice fly in the top of the inning. Mike Ford homered in the seventh for New York, and Didi Gregorius added an RBI double.

Liam Hendriks struck out DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge in the eighth to escape a jam after Puk started the inning.

''He handled it well,'' Fiers said of Puk. ''We're going to see a lot of him.''

Hendriks finished for his 15th save as Oakland (73-53) moved a season-best 20 games over .500 and earned Melvin his 1,200th career victory as a manager.

Fiers (12-3) loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, and his night was done. He struck out four and walked three, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. This marked the anniversary of the first of his two no-hitters on Aug. 21, 2015, for the Astros against the Dodgers.

The A's won for the sixth time in seven games and reached 201 home runs. They have ample time to close in on the club record of 243 set in 1996.

Yankees lefty J.A. Happ (10-8) allowed five runs and four hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked two.

''He hasn't gotten away with a mistake with a single. It seems like it's been slugged,'' manager Aaron Boone said. ''That's hurt.''

PUK'S DEBUT

Puk drew huge applause when the shaggy-haired lefty came on for his first big league appearance. Puk hit 99 mph on the radar gun and issued a walk and Ford's single one out later before giving way to Hendriks.

Puk, called up Tuesday after he missed last season following Tommy John surgery, will remain a reliever in the majors this season but a future starter. What about an opener?

''He's going to be a starter,'' Melvin said, then joked: ''He can open and go seven innings.''

SABATHIA'S GOODBYE

Yankees lefty CC Sabathia's farewell in the Bay Area means so much as he returns to his roots for the final time during the regular season before the 39-year-old pitcher heads into retirement.

On Monday, Sabathia spent a day off handing out his 50,000th backpack to first-graders and second-graders at home in Vallejo as kids returned to school.

''This is always going to be a special trip to me,'' said Sabathia, who will conclude his career following 19 big league seasons and the last 11 with the Yankees. ''Coming here I got a chance to go to Vallejo first day of school giving backpacks away. Just being here with my family, my kids getting to see Vallejo and hang out in Vallejo, my kids are there now, so it's always a special time for us.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Brett Gardner had an ingrown toenail removed Sunday that had bothered him all last week. He missed his second straight game but Boone expected Gardner to be in the lineup for Thursday night's series finale. ''It was pretty sore yesterday, still,'' Boone said, expecting Gardner to go through a full on-field workout. ... RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) threw a bullpen at the team's complex in Florida - a pair of 16-pitch simulated innings. He could throw another bullpen as soon as Friday. ... CF Aaron Hicks (right flexor strain) is yet to resume baseball activity.

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea is likely to get another rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas as he continues to work back from shoulder surgery last September. ... LHP Brett Anderson is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against San Francisco after dealing with a blister his last time out on Sunday. ... LHP Jesus Luzardo has returned to a full regimen with Las Vegas after being sidelined by a strained pitching shoulder. ''All good. I still don't know what the plan is for him yet, but encouraging to see him get stretched out again,'' Melvin said.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) makes his team-leading 26th start on an extra day of rest looking to reach double-digit victories for the sixth time in as many major league seasons. Oakland goes with RHP Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.55) in his fourth start since joining the A's from the Reds at the July 31 trade deadline.

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NYY83-45
0100012004110
OAK73-53
02201100X661
  • W: M. Fiers (12-3)L: J. Happ (10-8)S: L. Hendriks (15)
  • HR: NYY - M. Ford (5), OAK - K. Davis (18), M. Semien (22), S. Piscotty (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 1B50000013.334.381.534.915-0.5
A. Judge RF50000022.260.379.454.833-1.0
G. Sanchez C41100120.234.308.523.8312.0
G. Urshela 3B41200101.340.381.573.9544.0
D. Gregorius SS41210111.269.298.471.7696.5
G. Torres 2B40100004.281.346.528.8731.0
M. Tauchman CF20220100.300.378.553.9315.0
C. Maybin LF40000036.301.381.505.886-1.5
M. Ford DH41311001.200.313.400.7138.0
T. Wade PR-DH00000000.216.322.275.5970.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS31121100.273.360.486.8478.0
    M. Chapman 3B40000013.257.340.525.865-0.5
    M. Olson 1B40000013.262.346.536.882-0.5
    M. Canha CF40110020.266.384.517.9011.0
    C. Pinder LF-RF40000013.246.291.436.727-0.5
    S. Piscotty RF32211000.250.311.414.7248.0
    R. Grossman LF10000000.250.348.365.7120.0
    K. Davis DH31121010.220.290.383.6746.5
    J. Profar 2B31100010.205.269.383.6522.5
    J. Phegley C11000100.243.287.421.7083.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius 2 (10)
      • HR - M. Ford (5)
      • SF - M. Tauchman
      • RBI - D. Gregorius (39), M. Tauchman 2 (44), M. Ford (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge 2 (2), G. Urshela, G. Torres 2 (2), C. Maybin 4 (4), M. Ford
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Profar (18)
      • HR - M. Semien (22), S. Piscotty (13), K. Davis (18)
      • RBI - M. Semien 2 (61), M. Canha (40), S. Piscotty (43), K. Davis 2 (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (18), K. Davis 2 (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Pinder 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Profar-Semien-Olson)
      • E - C. Pinder (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 10-8)4.04552425.581.37-2.0
      C. Green3.02110215.441.447.0
      A. Ottavino1.00000101.641.273.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 10-8)4.0
      C. Green3.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 12-3)5.16223403.461.1313.0
      J. Diekman (H, 22)0.10000004.621.400.0
      Y. Petit (H, 24)1.02220212.740.850.0
      B. Treinen (H, 2)0.12000004.641.57-2.0
      A. Puk (H, 1)0.11001000.006.00-2.0
      L. Hendriks (S, 15)1.20000301.480.9911.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 12-3)5.1
      J. Diekman (H, 22)0.1
      Y. Petit (H, 24)1.0
      B. Treinen (H, 2)0.1
      A. Puk (H, 1)0.1
      L. Hendriks (S, 15)1.2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Happ (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 80-45, C. Green 35-28, A. Ottavino 9-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-3, C. Green 2-5
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, C. Green 11, A. Ottavino 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 82-53, J. Diekman 3-1, Y. Petit 17-12, B. Treinen 5-4, A. Puk 11-6, L. Hendriks 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-4, B. Treinen 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, J. Diekman, Y. Petit 5, B. Treinen 3, A. Puk 3, L. Hendriks 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      NYY83-45
      0100012004110
      OAK73-53
      02201100X661
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. LeMahieu 1B50000013.334.381.534.915-0.5
      A. Judge RF50000022.260.379.454.833-1.0
      G. Sanchez C41100120.234.308.523.8312.0
      G. Urshela 3B41200101.340.381.573.9544.0
      D. Gregorius SS41210111.269.298.471.7696.5
      G. Torres 2B40100004.281.346.528.8731.0
      M. Tauchman CF20220100.300.378.553.9315.0
      C. Maybin LF40000036.301.381.505.886-1.5
      M. Ford DH41311001.200.313.400.7138.0
      T. Wade PR-DH00000000.216.322.275.5970.0
      Total36411414918-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS31121100.273.360.486.8478.0
        M. Chapman 3B40000013.257.340.525.865-0.5
        M. Olson 1B40000013.262.346.536.882-0.5
        M. Canha CF40110020.266.384.517.9011.0
        C. Pinder LF-RF40000013.246.291.436.727-0.5
        S. Piscotty RF32211000.250.311.414.7248.0
        R. Grossman LF10000000.250.348.365.7120.0
        K. Davis DH31121010.220.290.383.6746.5
        J. Profar 2B31100010.205.269.383.6522.5
        J. Phegley C11000100.243.287.421.7083.0
        Total306663279-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Gregorius 2 (10)
          • HR - M. Ford (5)
          • SF - M. Tauchman
          • RBI - D. Gregorius (39), M. Tauchman 2 (44), M. Ford (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Gregorius (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge 2 (2), G. Urshela, G. Torres 2 (2), C. Maybin 4 (4), M. Ford
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Profar (18)
          • HR - M. Semien (22), S. Piscotty (13), K. Davis (18)
          • RBI - M. Semien 2 (61), M. Canha (40), S. Piscotty (43), K. Davis 2 (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (18), K. Davis 2 (25)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Pinder 3 (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Profar-Semien-Olson)
          • E - C. Pinder (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (L, 10-8)4.04552425.581.37-2.0
          C. Green3.02110215.441.447.0
          A. Ottavino1.00000101.641.273.5
          Total8.0666273---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (L, 10-8)4.0
          C. Green3.0
          A. Ottavino1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 12-3)5.16223403.461.1313.0
          J. Diekman (H, 22)0.10000004.621.400.0
          Y. Petit (H, 24)1.02220212.740.850.0
          B. Treinen (H, 2)0.12000004.641.57-2.0
          A. Puk (H, 1)0.11001000.006.00-2.0
          L. Hendriks (S, 15)1.20000301.480.9911.5
          Total9.01144491---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 12-3)5.1
          J. Diekman (H, 22)0.1
          Y. Petit (H, 24)1.0
          B. Treinen (H, 2)0.1
          A. Puk (H, 1)0.1
          L. Hendriks (S, 15)1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Happ (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 80-45, C. Green 35-28, A. Ottavino 9-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-3, C. Green 2-5
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, C. Green 11, A. Ottavino 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 82-53, J. Diekman 3-1, Y. Petit 17-12, B. Treinen 5-4, A. Puk 11-6, L. Hendriks 18-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-4, B. Treinen 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, J. Diekman, Y. Petit 5, B. Treinen 3, A. Puk 3, L. Hendriks 5
          • 7TH INNING
            Gregorius doubled to deep right, Sanchez scored, Urshela to third46
            Ford homered to right center36
          • 6TH INNING
            Piscotty homered to right26
            Tauchman hit sacrifice fly to left, Urshela scored25
          • 5TH INNING
            Canha reached on an infield single to shortstop, Profar scored, Phegley to third, Semien to second15
          • 3RD INNING
            Semien homered to left, Phegley scored14
          • 2ND INNING
            Davis homered to right, Piscotty scored12
            Tauchman singled to right, Gregorius scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • L. Hendriks Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Urshela flied out to deep right
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A.J. Puk relieved Blake Treinen
            • M. Tauchman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tauchman walked
            • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maybin popped out to second
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ford singled to right, Tauchman to third on right fielder Pinder fielding error
            • Tyler Wade ran for Mike Ford
            • Liam Hendriks relieved A.J. Puk
            • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Ottavino relieved Chad Green
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder flied out to center
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Grossman flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Robbie Grossman in left field
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ford homered to right center
            • D. LeMahieu: Foul, LeMahieu lined out to center
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to right
            • Blake Treinen relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Urshela singled to right, Sanchez to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius doubled to deep right, Sanchez scored, Urshela to third
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Foul, Semien grounded out to second
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Olson lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela singled to center
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked, Urshela to second
            • G. Torres: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Torres reached on an infield single to shortstop, Urshela to third, Gregorius to second
            • Jake Diekman relieved Mike Fiers
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Tauchman hit sacrifice fly to left, Urshela scored
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Jake Diekman
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty homered to right
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Davis fouled out to first
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Ford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ford singled to shallow left
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ford out at second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar doubled to deep left
            • J. Phegley: Foul, Ball, Phegley hit by pitch
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Profar to third, Phegley to second
            • Chad Green relieved J.A. Happ
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman fouled out to third
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Olson fouled out to third
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha reached on an infield single to shortstop, Profar scored, Phegley to third, Semien to second
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Urshela walked
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres lined out to center
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Tauchman singled to center, Urshela to third
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Pinder struck out on foul tip
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty flied out to right
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu popped out to first
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phegley walked
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Semien homered to left, Phegley scored
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman grounded out to second
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius doubled to deep center
            • G. Torres: Foul, Torres grounded out to third
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tauchman singled to right, Gregorius scored
            • C. Maybin: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • M. Ford: Pickoff attempt, Ford flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty singled to center
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis homered to right, Piscotty scored
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to third
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • G. Urshela: Urshela lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to center
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chapman flied out to left
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)