A’s Beat Yankees 5-1 After Outage Delay
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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Eric Sogard drove in two runs and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Saturday night after a partial power outage delayed the game.
The game was stopped for 38 minutes in the middle of the fourth inning after a panel of lights went out above left field. The A’s said the circuit breaker turned off and had to be manually reset.
New York’s four-game winning streak ended because of its own errors. Two passed balls by backup catcher John Ryan Murphy, who was inserted in the lineup after Mark Teixeira was scratched with tightness in his rib cage, helped Oakland score twice in the fifth.
Scott Kazmir (8-2) allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings for his third straight win. Dan Otero pitched two perfect innings before Sean Doolittle closed out the Yankees in the ninth.
The A’s tagged Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) with four runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. He pitched a perfect fourth after the delay but lost his rhythm in the fifth — and so did his catcher.
Brian McCann was switched from catcher to first base after the Yankees took Teixeira out about 30 minutes before the game. Murphy moved into the catcher’s spot.
Sogard walked, advanced to second on Coco Crisp’s single and moved to third on Murphy’s first passed ball. Sogard scored on John Jaso’s groundout, and Crisp came home on Murphy’s second passed ball to put the A’s up 4-1.
After being held out of Friday night’s game to rest his sore right ankle, Sogard came through at the plate and in the field.
Sogard lined a two-out, two-run single to center to give the A’s a 2-0 lead in the second, and he cut down Kelly Johnson at home after fielding a grounder by Jeter in the fifth.
New York scored its only run in the third when shortstop Andy Parrino sailed his throw to first on Derek Jeter’s grounder. Parrino got the run back when he hit an RBI double in the sixth.
But the latest maintenance issue at Oakland’s dual-purpose ballpark overshadowed the Kazmir’s latest gem and anything else the A’s did on the field.
The aging Coliseum, which is shared with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and is the only stadium in the country still home to teams from both leagues, has had multiple plumbing problems the past two years. The A’s have been trying for years to move to a new ballpark, including in San Jose, which the San Francisco Giants contend is part of their territory.
The A’s are in the process of negotiating a new lease at the Coliseum, which opened in 1966, though it’s unclear what — if any — facility upgrades will be included in a potential deal.
NOTES: Josh Donaldson was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Hal Gibson at the end of the seventh inning. Donaldson is in an 0-for-31 skid after going hitless in all four plate appearances. … Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsubury had his 17-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 with a walk. … Yankees 2B Brian Roberts (sore right knee) sat out and DH Carlos Beltran had the day off. … The Yankees send lefty Vidal Nuno (1-4, 4.97 ERA) to the mound opposite Oakland’s Jesse Chavez (5-4, 3.04 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale.
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