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Olson, Canha hit back-to-back HRs to lead A’s past Yanks 6-2

August 21, 2019
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Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, right, is congratulated by third base coach Matt Williams after hitting a two-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, right, is congratulated by third base coach Matt Williams after hitting a two-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics wasted little time responding to an early blow from the New York Yankees.

Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to lead the A’s over the New York Yankees 6-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games.

“I feel like we’ve been doing that lately,” Olson said. “If we give up a run or two, we find a way to come in and respond. To shut down any momentum is nice to do.”

Olson connected on a two-run shot down the right field line with two outs in the first off Domingo Germán (16-3) for his 26th homer, and Canha followed with his 19th on a drive to right-center.

That helped carry the A’s to a win in the first meeting between the teams since the Yankees eliminated Oakland in the wild-card playoff last season. These teams could meet again come the postseason with New York holding the best record in the American League and the A’s moving one percentage point ahead of Tampa Bay in the race for the second wild-card spot.

This was the first of six games in less than two weeks between these teams with Oakland visiting New York next weekend.

“You’d like to start out well, especially at home knowing we’re going to play them six times in the next 12 days,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s nice to get a first-game win.”

The early outburst proved to be more than enough for Homer Bailey (11-8), who shut the Yankees down after allowing a solo homer to Gary Sánchez in the first inning. Bailey allowed one run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 3-0 at home since joining Oakland last month in a trade from Kansas City. He walked none and struck out eight.

The Yankees have lost two straight after starting August with 15 wins in 18 games.

“We got a lot of hits but we just couldn’t get that hit to kind of put us over the top,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Been a couple days of that where we’ve had some opportunities and haven’t been able to cash in.”

Marcus Semien added an RBI double in the second inning and Stephen Piscotty hit an RBI single in the sixth

Germán had his career-best seven-game winning streak snapped after allowing six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Aaron Judge added a solo homer in the eighth for the Yankees, a 467-foot drive to left field that was the first long ball he has pulled all season.

“Direction doesn’t matter,” Judge said. “As long as they go over the fence and it adds runs, I’m happy with it. Left or right or center. Just glad to get one.”

TRAINERS ROOM

Yankees: 1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) is slated to start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and could be back in the majors when the Yankees return home Aug. 30. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee sprain) will ramp up his work on this road trip, doing work on the field and taking BP. ... New York agreed to a minor league contract with RHP Trevor Rosenthal.

Athletics: Prized pitching prospect A.J. Puk was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Puk, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last year, is on a innings restriction and working out of the bullpen. ... The A’s released RHP Marco Estrada.

SCOREBOARD STREAK

The Yankees didn’t take long to get on the board with Sánchez’s solo homer in the first inning marking the 209th straight game they had gone without being shut out. That broke a tie with Cincinnati (2000-01) for the third longest streak. Only Milwaukee with 212 straight in 1978-79 and the Yankees with 308 in 1931-33 had longer streaks.

HALL OF FAME

The A’s honored longtime sports writer Ron Bergman in a pregame ceremony as the first journalist inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Bergman covered the franchise during its win of three straight World Series titles in the 1970s and was the author of “Mustache Gang,” which chronicled the first title team in 1972. Bergman’s children, Adam and Anne, accepted the award on behalf of their late father.

UP NEXT

Mike Fiers (11-3) seeks to win his 10th straight decision when the A’s take on J.A. Happ (10-7) and the Yankees in the middle game of the three-game series.

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