NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland’s shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.
Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.
Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge’s Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the 6-foot-7 rookie at the start of this 4-2 homestand.
Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A’s, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.
The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run – but even that could have been prevented if not for a poor throw by the weak-armed Davis in left.
Gary Sanchez added an RBI double in the seventh that squirmed out of the glove of a diving Davis. Brett Gardner drove in two insurance runs with a pop-fly double in the eighth.
Adam Warren retired all four batters he faced for his first save since July 28, 2015.
The Yankees trailed 2-1 when Ronald Torreyes reached on a soft infield single leading off the third, and Sanchez singled with one out. Matt Joyce then dropped Matt Holliday’s fly ball in the right-field corner for an error that loaded the bases.
After Starlin Castro struck out, Judge lined a fastball the other way to put New York ahead. Triggs had given up just three home runs in his first nine starts this year.
Hicks stole second in the fourth and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Josh Phegley. That set up Carter’s sacrifice fly, which made it 6-2.
And while Triggs’ defense was betraying him, New York’s fielders gave Pineda a big boost when he needed it.
With nobody out in the second, Ryon Healy was thrown out by Gardner trying to stretch a two-run single to left field. Torreyes followed with a diving play at third base.
A’s: 1B Yonder Alonso was back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore right wrist. … CF Rajai Davis was rested in favor of Mark Canha, who batted leadoff for the first time in his major league career. … One-time closer Sean Doolittle, on the DL since April 30 with a strained left shoulder, threw 20 pitches Saturday and felt good, according to manager Bob Melvin. “So we’ll figure out the next step here in the next day or so,” Melvin said. … Oakland plans to put RHP Kendall Graveman (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list Monday and recall RHP Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Nashville to make his first big league start of the season in Cleveland.
A’s: The 24-year-old Mengden began the season on the disabled list following surgery on his right foot. He was activated May 20 and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Including his rehab assignment, Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in four Triple-A starts this year. He reached the majors for the first time last season and went 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA in 14 starts for Oakland. RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 2.93) pitches for the AL champion Indians.
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