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Moss hits two homers to lead A's past Yanks

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NEW YORK -- Once the Oakland Athletics navigated their way through New York Yankee relievers Dellin Betances and David Robertson, they could smell the victory in their sights.

Two innings after pinch hitter Stephen Vogt delivered a game-tying double off Betances, designated hitter Brandon Moss led off the top of the 10th inning with his second home run of the game, lifting the Athletics to a 5-2 triumph over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

"It was like they could smell the victory," closer Sean Doolittle said. "To get it done, that's typical Oakland A's baseball,"

Moss helped Oakland get its sixth extra-inning victory and sixth win in its last eight games when he sent a full-count hanging slider from Adam Warren (1-3) into the second deck in right field in a similar location to where Seattle Mariners' third baseman Kyle Seeger homered to Monday.

"The second one made a loud sound," manager Bob Melvin said.

Before Moss finished off his sixth career multi-home run game, Oakland was one out away from facing Robertson trailing by one run. Instead they faced him in a tie game when Vogt doubled to left field against Betances.

"If we could get to that guy and get him out of the game, they have Robertson, who is a dominant reliever," Moss said. "But you're probably only going to see him for that inning and then nobody that they're going to bring out of the bullpen is going to be like (Betances and Robertson). They're good but they're not those two guys and once you get through those two guys you feel pretty good about your chances."

Until Oakland rallied for its seventh victory in 20 games when trailing after seven innings and sixth in eight games, its only offense was a fifth-inning home run by Moss, who had missed the previous two games with a strained right calf after hitting a first-inning grand slam Friday.

"I felt fine," Moss said. "Obviously I didn't have to sprint or anything. I didn't play defense. It feels good. I didn't have any issues with it. My legs felt a little heavy coming out of the box the first at-bat just because I hadn't done it in four days but it felt fine.

"We gave it enough time to heal and past the point where it would be a concern as far as re-injuring it. It's a little soreness and tightness but it's nothing that I feel bad like something bad could happen.

The Athletics won on a night when rain canceled batting practice and caused a 72-minute delay before the first pitch and, after Moss homered they added two more runs on an RBI single by shortstop Jed Lowrie and run-scoring base hit by right fielder Kyle Blanks.

Four Oakland relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings. After Luke Gregerson stranded center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on third in the eighth, Daniel Otero (5-1) worked around a one-out single to pinch hitter Brian McCann in the ninth and Doolittle pitched a perfect 10th for his sixth save.

Switch-hitting first baseman Mark Teixeira returned from a wrist injury and drove in both runs for the Yankees, who fell to 4-11 in their last 15 home games. Teixeira had an RBI bloop single in the first and then hit his 10th home run in the sixth before striking out on a close pitch in the eighth.

"We have had different people in the lineup and everybody has had a shot," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "We just got to continue to try to put out what we feel is the best match-ups against certain people and we have to get it done"

Before the late-inning dramatics, the game was a pitcher's duel between Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir and New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

Kazmir allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out 10. Kuroda allowed one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"He's as consistent as really as anyone's been this year," Melvin said. "He just ran out of pitches."

NOTES: Both teams made roster moves before the game. The Yankees recalled INF Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned OF Zoilo Almonte to the minors. Oakland activated RHP Ryan Cook from the disabled list and OF Josh Reddick was placed on the DL retroactive to Sunday with a hyperextended right knee. ... The Yankees also moved RHP Michael Pineda to the DL, but that was more of a procedural move because he has been sidelined since May 6 and recently had a setback. They also claimed LHP Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and will likely add him to the roster by the end of this week. ... New York OF Carlos Beltran had four at-bats against right-handed pitching in an extended spring training game and could return from a right elbow injury this weekend in Kansas City.
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