OAKLAND — The A’s swept the Yankees with a 5-3 win on Thursday night. They’ve now won six of their last seven games against the two teams with the best records in the American League.
The A’s got to Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka early, loading the bases in the first inning on Marcus Semien’s double and back-to-back walks to Robbie Grossman and Matt Chapman and scoring RBI singles by Matt Olson and Mark Cahna.
Oakland would small-ball its way to a couple more runs, taking on two more in the third on Chapman’s RBI single scored Grossman, who had tripled to lead off the inning, and a Yankees throwing error on Stephen Piscotty’s ground ball.
Tanner Roark delivered his third straight quality start, holding the Yankees to two runs through 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven with no walks. He gave up a run in the fifth and a home run to Gleyber Torres on a fastball down the pike, the last pitch he’d throw Thursday.
Torres hit another home run off Joakim Soria in the ninth inning, he’d finish the night with four hits.