NEW YORK -- A bleak May day at Yankee Stadium ended with a lackluster A's loss on Sunday afternoon, their fifth in six games.Following a two-hour, 45-minute rain delay, lefty Brett Anderson surrendered three runs in the first inning of an eventual 6-2 loss to the Yankees, dropping the A's
NEW YORK -- A bleak May day at Yankee Stadium ended with a lackluster A's loss on Sunday afternoon, their fifth in six games.
Following a two-hour, 45-minute rain delay, lefty Brett Anderson surrendered three runs in the first inning of an eventual 6-2 loss to the Yankees, dropping the A's two games under .500 (19-21) for the first time since April 20.
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Anderson was responsible for four runs, going five innings in the third start of his second tour with the A's. He's yielded 13 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings over that span for an 8.16 ERA, his rotation spot seemingly in jeopardy as the club awaits the return of an injured Trevor Cahill.
The veteran pitcher allowed two runs before even recording an out: Brett Gardner reached on an infield single, Aaron Judge doubled, Didi Gregorius drew a walk and Giancarlo Stanton delivered a two-run single. Aaron Hicks tagged Anderson for a two-out RBI single, before the southpaw settled down.
"Struggled some in the first, looked like he got it under control the next couple innings, but we needed five out of him today with some bullpen issues," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I think sometimes it takes a starter time to settle in, and they had him on the run right away with guys on base. You're grinding with maybe not feeling your best rhythm."
Stanton would record three hits in as many tries against Anderson -- including a two-out solo homer in the fifth -- and finished 4-for-4.
"A pretty auspicious start to the day weather-wise and also my first inning, but it's a tough lineup over there, one of the better in the league, and I didn't get off to a great start but battled with what I had," Anderson said. "If I make my pitches to Stanton, it's a different ballgame. I just made horrendous pitches to him. Fastball was out over the plate -- which is what he's looking for -- and I was trying to go in."
The A's, meanwhile, made righty Luis Severino throw 106 pitches in six innings but managed only five hits against him, including Jed Lowrie's run-scoring base hit in the fifth that gave him 36 RBIs on the season -- second most in the Majors only to Manny Machado's 38.
Mark Canha homered in the ninth off left-hander Chasen Shreve, his sixth of the season, but the A's stranded two in the inning, finishing 6-for-32 (.188) with runners in scoring position during the three-game series. They left a total of 25 on base in that span.
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Casilla displays grit: Despite the loss, right-hander Santiago Casilla's work hardly went unnoticed by his team. The veteran reliever gave the A's two innings following Anderson's departure, totaling a career-high-tying 44 pitches after throwing 28 on Saturday. Casilla limited New York to one run, helping a short-handed bullpen that was overworked this weekend. Right-hander Wilmer Font tossed a scoreless eighth.
"That was huge for us," Melvin said. "The guy's out there throwing 40-some pitches, helped save the bullpen, wanted no part of coming out of that game, competing real hard. It's good for our younger guys to see, too, in a game that you're behind like that. There are small victories in certain games even when you lose, and that was big for us."
Lowrie has recorded at least one RBI in 23 games this season, most in the Majors, and he picked up his team-leading 17th multihit game of the year.
The A's will remain on the East Coast and make a stop in Boston for a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning Monday. Left-hander Sean Manaea gets the ball in the 4:10 p.m. PT opener, while the Red Sox counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.79 ERA). Manaea has allowed 15 earned runs in just 6 1/3 innings over two career starts in Boston.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.