Yankees drop ugly 11-inning loss to A’s as five-game winning streak ends

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OAKLAND, Calif. – After the Yankees were two outs from a sixth straight win, they blew a lead in the 10th and lost to the hapless A’s, 3-2, in Saturday night’s 11th.

The A’s scored the winning run when DJ LeMahieu made a throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play on Chad Pinder’s ground.

LeMahieu’s wild pitch after the feed from Isiah Kiner-Falefa came first past Anthony Rizzo and enabled automatic runner Shea Langeliers to score with one out in the 11th.

Trivino walked Seth Brown to lead the 11th and was controlled by the trainers.

Stephen Vogt (right) celebrates with Chad Pinder after winning the tying run in the 10th inning of the Yankees’ 3-2, 11-inning loss to the A’s.
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The Yankees had their chances earlier, as Ron Marinaccio gave up an tying, two-run homer to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt with one out in the bottom of the 10th, who wasted a two-run rally in the top of the inning, as well as a great performance by Domingo German, who threw 7 ²/₃ shutout-innings.

As Tampa Bay also lost in second place on Saturday, the Yankees’ lead in the AL East remained at 8 ¹/₂ games.

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Perhaps worst of all, the Yankees only got one hit in the 11 innings.

They were able to take advantage of some wild pitching from AJ Puk to score a few runs in the top of the tenth. Andrew Benintendi led off the inning by punching back to Puk, who threw automatic runner Kyle Higashioka on third. Aaron Judge struckout and Benintendi stole second. Josh Donaldson was walked intentionally and Puk drilled Rizzo high on the shoulder to load the bases.

An obviously rattling Puk then nearly threw LeMahieu at the plate wildly, but acrobatic catcher Sean Murphy saved him. But Murphy was unable to save Puk later in the at bat, as a wild pitch went off of him, enabling Benintendi to give the Yankees the lead.

Murphy’s flip to Puk at the plate was foul, and Donaldson came by to score a second run on the foul.

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The dramas in the 10th inning came after German and Oakland righthander Adam Oller both took no-hitters in the sixth inning.

Anthony Rizzo is hit by a pitch in the 10th inning of the Yankees' loss.
Anthony Rizzo is hit by a pitch in the 10th inning of the Yankees’ loss.
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In front of a crowd of 36,529 people at Oakland Coliseum—many of the fans there for a postgame drone show—the Yankees didn’t get a hit until Oswaldo Cabrera doubled to center right to open the top of sixth.

He was then thrown out trying to steal third place when Oller stepped off the mound and shot to third base.

Oller gave up only one hit in his eight shutout innings and faced the minimum number of batters.

After Judge made a nice play in the middle on a long flyout by Cal Stevenson in the bottom of the sixth, German gave up an infieldhit to a comebacker to Nick Allen and threw the ball away, enabling Allen to advance to second base, but the German switched off out the next two batters in a row.

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Earlier in the game, Cabrera was robbed of an extra-base hit to the right by Chad Pinder, who crashed into the wall when he made the flyout.

Oakland’s lone runner came to sixth when the German hit Jonah Bride with a pitch to lead from the bottom of the third.

The Yankees barely hit a hard ball off Oller, who entered the game with a 6.41 ERA, but had thrown better in his previous three starts. Still, he certainly didn’t seem a likely candidate to take out the Yankees.

German was even more dominant, needing only 48 pitches to get through five innings.

He gave up an one-out double to Stevenson in the eighth and Stevenson moved to third base on a grounder to second base by Allen before being replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga, who caused Tony Kemp to ground out to end the inning to close.

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