08/21 00:48 CDT Olson, Canha hit back-to-back HRs to lead A's past Yanks 6-2
Olson, Canha hit back-to-back HRs to lead A's past Yanks 6-2
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- The Oakland Athletics wasted little time responding to
an early blow from the New York Yankees.
Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to lead
the A's over the New York Yankees 6-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in
"I feel like we've been doing that lately," Olson said. "If we give up a run or
two, we find a way to come in and respond. To shut down any momentum is nice to
Olson connected on a two-run shot down the right field line with two outs in
the first off Domingo Germn (16-3) for his 26th homer, and Canha followed with
his 19th on a drive to right-center.
That helped carry the A's to a win in the first meeting between the teams since
the Yankees eliminated Oakland in the wild-card playoff last season. These
teams could meet again come the postseason with New York holding the best
record in the American League and the A's moving one percentage point ahead of
Tampa Bay in the race for the second wild-card spot.
This was the first of six games in less than two weeks between these teams with
Oakland visiting New York next weekend.
"You'd like to start out well, especially at home knowing we're going to play
them six times in the next 12 days," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It's
nice to get a first-game win."
The early outburst proved to be more than enough for Homer Bailey (11-8), who
shut the Yankees down after allowing a solo homer to Gary Snchez in the first
inning. Bailey allowed one run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve to
3-0 at home since joining Oakland last month in a trade from Kansas City. He
walked none and struck out eight.
The Yankees have lost two straight after starting August with 15 wins in 18
"We got a lot of hits but we just couldn't get that hit to kind of put us over
the top," manager Aaron Boone said. "Been a couple days of that where we've had
some opportunities and haven't been able to cash in."
Marcus Semien added an RBI double in the second inning and Stephen Piscotty hit
an RBI single in the sixth
Germn had his career-best seven-game winning streak snapped after allowing six
runs --- five earned --- and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Aaron Judge added a solo homer in the eighth for the Yankees, a 467-foot drive
to left field that was the first long ball he has pulled all season.
"Direction doesn't matter," Judge said. "As long as they go over the fence and
it adds runs, I'm happy with it. Left or right or center. Just glad to get one."
Yankees: 1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) is slated to start a rehab assignment at
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and could be back in the majors when
the Yankees return home Aug. 30. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee sprain)
will ramp up his work on this road trip, doing work on the field and taking BP.
... New York agreed to a minor league contract with RHP Trevor Rosenthal.
Athletics: Prized pitching prospect A.J. Puk was called up from Triple-A Las
Vegas. Puk, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last year, is on a
innings restriction and working out of the bullpen. ... The A's released RHP
The Yankees didn't take long to get on the board with Snchez's solo homer in
the first inning marking the 209th straight game they had gone without being
shut out. That broke a tie with Cincinnati (2000-01) for the third longest
streak. Only Milwaukee with 212 straight in 1978-79 and the Yankees with 308 in
1931-33 had longer streaks.
HALL OF FAME
The A's honored longtime sports writer Ron Bergman in a pregame ceremony as the
first journalist inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Bergman covered the
franchise during its win of three straight World Series titles in the 1970s and
was the author of "Mustache Gang," which chronicled the first title team in
1972. Bergman's children, Adam and Anne, accepted the award on behalf of their
Mike Fiers (11-3) seeks to win his 10th straight decision when the A's take on
J.A. Happ (10-7) and the Yankees in the middle game of the three-game series.
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