The loss was the Yankees’ second in a row, coming on the heels of a three-game win streak.
Getting the ball for the A’s tonight will be Sonny Gray, who is 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA on the year, while on the road he has gone 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA.
Oakland Athletics’ Brett Lawrie hits a home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Yankees’ bullpen actually retired 14 of the 16 batters it faced after taking over for Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth, but the two exceptions were solo homers by Billy Butler in the sixth and Lawrie in the 10th, blasts that tied the game and put Oakland ahead, respectively.
Sonny Gray threw seven gritty innings for Oakland in his return from an illness that sent him to the hospital and forced him to skip a start. The young right-hander went eight innings against New York on May 29 and scattered two runs and four hits while striking out five to pick up the win. Betances (5-2) snapped his head down and shouted into his glove after giving up home runs in consecutive outings for the first time in his career.
Oakland touched Eovaldi for a run in the top of the first on Josh Reddick’s RBI single, but the Yankees answered against Gray in the bottom of the frame.
Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees another lead in the fourth with an RBI single.
Joe Girardi on Mark Teixeira: “When you see the type of first half he has had this season, you certainly realize how much we missed him the last two years”.
Oakland Athletics’ Marcus Semien scores on a single by Stephen Vogt… New York won a crucial series against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend while Oakland failed to take full advantage of a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
Athletics: LHP Sean Doolittle (strained shoulder) was set to play catch for the first time since going on the disabled list May 28 for the second time this season. He’ll be opposed by Scott Kazmir (5-5, 2.56 ERA) for Oakland. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
Adam Warren fired a ideal seventh, but Gray countered with his third straight scoreless inning, sending the 3-3 game to the eighth.