Vogt's HR the difference for A's against Yanks
OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Jesse Chavez tossed eight shutout innings as the A's beat the Yankees, 3-0, on Sunday to take three of four in the series at the Coliseum.
Billy Burns set the A's up in the sixth by blooping a single to right and stealing second and third before Vogt's 11th home run of the season. The A's scored with Chavez on the mound for the first time since May 16, a stretch of 27 innings.
"It was just a great team win today," Burns said. "I'm happy we could get it for [Chavez], and he battled out there like he always does. It was a fun day."
Starter Adam Warren (3-4) pitched seven innings for the Yankees, who have lost five of their last six series. New York has also lost 12 of its last 14 games in Oakland, dating back to July 2012.
"It's frustrating. They always play us tough," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. "They kind of remind me of the Rays a little bit. They kind of do a little of everything. They've got some guys that can really run, and they play good defense, and we just haven't played well against them for whatever reason."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Chavez cruises: Chavez (2-5) entered the day with a run-support average of 1.20, but the A's provided some offense Sunday. Chavez allowed seven hits and struck out six with no walks in eight innings on 110 pitches, picking up his first win in five starts. It marked his second consecutive outing of eight innings without allowing an earned run, as he lowered his ERA to 2.11.
"They just never got comfortable against [Chavez]," Vogt said, "and he got the ground balls when he needed them, he got the punchouts when he needed them. Just an overall great performance by Jesse today." More >
Warren's strong effort: Warren was saddled with the loss by Vogt's homer, but completed seven innings for the second time this season, permitting six hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been impressed by Warren's sharper stuff over his last four starts (2-2, 3.03 ERA), and that could be enough evidence to keep him in the rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns on Wednesday in Seattle.
"It's probably one of the more frustrating games I've had, because early on I didn't feel quite right in rhythm," Warren said. "I feel like I started to get stronger as the game went on, and that I was pitching well in that sixth inning.That's the way the game goes. Overall, I was pleased with the way I made an adjustment and that I got stronger as the game went on." More >
Power stroke: Vogt's blast to right was a career-high seventh of the month -- 11th overall -- and boosted his career average against the Yankees to .375 . He has hit safely in seven straight games (10-for-25) and has reached base in all 25 of the A's home games. Vogt's sacrifice fly in the eighth gave him 38 RBIs, a new career high.
"I knew I barreled and got it up in the air with some good backspin, and I knew it would score Billy for sure," Vogt said, "and then watching [outfielder Carlos] Beltran's route, I thought it may have a chance, and then it carried out of the yard." More >
"The two-run homer felt like a five-run homer, and certainly adding on another run was big. [Chavez] has pitched so well that it's great that we can finally reward him." -- A's manager Bob Melvin
"It felt like [Chavez] was throwing eight different pitches. Every at-bat, every pitch, he was throwing something different. He could speed you up if he needed to. He was really hitting his spots and didn't make many mistakes all day." -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Yankees outfielder Ramon Flores notched his first career hit, a second-inning single to left field off Chavez. The Yanks retrieved the ball for Flores, but Gardner and Alex Rodriguez playfully tossed a different ball to a fan while Flores was standing on first base, hoping to fake out the rookie.
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The A's snapped a streak of five consecutive losing homestands dating back to last season, which matched the longest such streak in Oakland history (last four of 1978, first of 1979).
Yankees: Michael Pineda (6-2, 3.36) faces his former team for the first time on Monday night as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Mariners at Safeco Field. Pineda was a 2011 All-Star with the Mariners and was traded to New York in January 2012. Felix Hernandez (8-1, 1.91) draws the call for Seattle in the 10:10 p.m. ET contest.
A's: The A's travel to Detroit to start a three-game series on Tuesday night, with Kendall Graveman (2-2, 5.79) scheduled to start the 4:08 p.m. PT opener. Graveman is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA since returning from Triple-A Nashville on May 23.
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