OAKLAND -– Carlos Beltran may be in the twilight of his career, but he showed he can still make an impact with one swing of the bat.
The 38-year-old outfielder drilled a two-run homer off Jesse Hahn in the sixth that erased a one-run A’s lead and sent the New York Yankees on their way to a 5-3 victory at the Coliseum.
Until then, the A’s had taken control of the game and probably liked their chances behind Hahn, who shut out the Tigers in his previous start. But after falling behind, Oakland could generate nothing against the Yankees deep bullpen. Four relievers combined to retired 13 of the A’s final 14 hitters after New York starter Nathan Eovaldi left the game with two outs in the fifth.
The A’s erased a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third and added a run in the fourth to command a 3-1 lead. Oakland still leads the series 2-1 and with a win Sunday would claim its first series since taking two of three from Texas on May 1-3.
Starting pitching report
Hahn, coming off his first career shutout, had a nice outing going and entered the sixth with a 3-2 lead. But with one out that inning, he walked Brian McCann on four pitches. Then Carlos Beltran cranked an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right-center for a two-run homer that put the Yankees up 4-3.
It marked just the third homer off Hahn in 59 2/3 innings this season. He left after six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one.
The Yankees tacked on a run in the eighth against Arnold Leon.
Chasen Shreve, one of four lefties in New York’s bullpen, entered in the fifth and struck out all four batters that he faced to take the game to the seventh. Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller closed it out.
At the plate
The A’s loaded the bases with no outs in the third off Nathan Eovaldi and got two runs out of it, as Billy Butler produced a sacrifice fly and Josh Reddick lined a run-scoring single for a 2-1 A’s lead. They added another run in the fourth when Eric Sogard singled and eventually came around to score on Marcus Semien’s two-out single to right.
But that would be it from the A’s offense, which cranked out 12 hits – all singles
Reddick went 3-for-4 after entering the night hitting .136 (14-for-103) in his career against the Yankees. That ranked as the lowest average against the Yankees since the beginning of the expansion era (1961) for players with at least 100 at-bats against them.
In the field
Oakland’s well-documented defensive troubles resurfaced in the fifth when the Yankees scored a run to close to within 3-2. With two outs, Jose Pirela’s grounder up the middle bounced off Eric Sogard’s glove on a play that was scored a hit. The next batter, Brett Gardner, hit a liner at third baseman Brett Lawrie. The ball deflected of his glove and fell to his side as Lawrie lost his bearings on where the ball was. That went for an error and kept the inning alive for Chase Headley to single home a run.
The A’s 52nd error led to the 31st unearned run they’ve allowed, which both lead the majors.
A crowd of 25,223 was on hand.
Jesse Chavez (1-5, 2.44) might be wondering what he did to his teammates to deserve such treatment. His average run support of 1.20 in his starting assignments is the lowest in the majors since April 23, the date of his first start. Adam Warren (3-3, 3.91) takes the mound for the Yankees in Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. homestand finale.