Rapid Reaction: A's 5, Yankees 2 (10)
June, 4, 2014
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Despite Mark Teixeira's strong return, the Yankees lost when the dependable duo of Dellin Betances and Adam Warren let them down.
The offense continues to stink. The Yankees haven't scored more than three runs in any of the past five games, all at home.
Warren commissioned: In the 10th, Warren allowed Brandon Moss to crush a solo homer into the second deck. It was Moss' second solo shot of the game and 15th on the season. Jed Lowrie would add an RBI double and Kyle Blanks an RBI single to stretch the A's lead to 5-2.
Dealin' Dellin gets dealt: Well, he isn't going to be perfect. Protecting a one-run lead in the eighth, Dellin Betances gave up a two-out walk and an RBI double on a 3-2, 97 mph fastball to pinch hitter Stephen Vogt. He did finish off the eighth, but the loss of the strike zone in trying to get the last out cost him.
Cortisoned: Mark Teixeira, who had missed the previous two games and five of the past seven because of his sore wrist, looked pretty good all night after taking a cortisone shot this weekend.
Teixeira nailed a go-ahead homer in the sixth to make it 2-1.
Teixeira loves facing Scott Kazmir. After the homer, he was 11-for-20 in his career against the former Mets' mega-prospect. Teixeira's 10 homers are the best on the team.
Turning Tex around: In the eighth, A's manager Bob Melvin brought in a righty Luke Gregerson to face Teixeira, forcing him to bat left-handed. You don't normally see that. You have to think Teixeira's bad wrist was a factor in the move. Teixeira struck out.
Lucky Mark: Teixeira immediately had some luck upon his return. In the first, Teixeira hit a high popup that just found a spot inside the right field line. First baseman Albert Callaspo and right fielder Craig Gentry sprinted after the ball, but it found a little patch that neither could catch up to it.
Brett Gardner scored. Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury set up Teixeira's RBI with singles. With the two RBIs, Teixeira took the team lead from Yangervis Solarte. Teixeira has 27.
Wasted start: A very strong start for Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda went 6 2/3 innings and only allowed one run on two hits, striking out two and walking one. He held the A's in check all night. He even gave the Yankees some length, with his second-longest start of the year.
Betting on Dellin: In the seventh, with two outs and one on, Joe Girardi turned to Betances to face Brandon Moss. Kuroda's pitch count was only at 93. He had given up just two hits, but one of them was a Moss homer that tied the game at one in the fifth.
Plus, when you have Betances, it makes sense to use Betances. Four pitches later, Betances struck out Moss.
Betances -- with two of his four outs strikeouts on Tuesday -- has 58 strikeouts in 34 innings on the season. That is the second-most on the team after Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has 88 in 78 2/3 innings.
Left at third: With the score tied in the eighth, Ellsbury walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. However, Ichiro Suzuki flew out to left to end the inning.
Closer time: David Robertson pitched the ninth without any incidents.
Rain delayed: The game was delayed for a little more than an hour due to rain.
On deck: Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.48) vs. Jesse Chavez (4-3. 2.78) at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday. The Yankees (29-28) will try to avoid falling to .500.