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

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

Instead, LeMahieu got hit in the foot by a sliding Sean Murphy at second, and his wild throw after the feed from Isiah Kiner-Falefa got by Anthony Rizzo at first and allowed automatic runner Shea Langeliers with one out in the 11th.

“It was a hard, good slide,” LeMahieu said. “I should’ve still made the play. He got my back foot. I probably should’ve cleared some space.”

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu commits the game-ending throwing error in the 11th inning of a 3-2 loss at Oakland.
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But they were only in that spot because the normally reliable Ron Marinaccio allowed a game-tying, two-run homer to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt with one out in the bottom of the 10th after the Yankees took advantage of AJ Puk’s wildness in the top of the inning to score their only runs of the game.

And it wasted a terrific outing from Domingo German, who threw 7 ²/₃ shutout innings.

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

Perhaps most damaging of all, the Yankees got just one hit — even with the extra innings.

Andrew Benintendi opened the 10th by bunting right back to Puck, who threw out automatic runner Kyle Higashioka at third. Aaron Judge struck out and Benintendi stole second. Josh Donaldson was walked intentionally and Puck drilled Anthony Rizzo high on the shoulder to load the bases.

A clearly rattled Puk then nearly threw a wild pitch with LeMahieu at the plate, but Murphy saved him by picking the ball out of the dirt. But Murphy couldn’t bail Puk out later in the at-bat, as a wild pitch got away from Murphy to allow Benintendi to put the Yankees ahead.

Murphy’s flip to Puck at the plate was errant and Donaldson came around to score a second run on the error.

Marinaccio, who got the final out in the bottom of the ninth, then got beaten on a changeup.

Anthony Rizzo gets hit by a pitch in the 10th inning of the Yankees' loss.
Anthony Rizzo gets hit by a pitch in the 10th inning of the Yankees’ loss.
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“I love him against those lefties,” Aaron Boone said. “It was a great swing [by Voit].”

Boone said Giancarlo Stanton was available off the bench, but he would only “use him in certain situations.”

That didn’t include the 11th inning, when Kiner-Falefa came to the plate with one out and grounded out, as the Yankees didn’t score in the inning.

In front of a crowd of 36,529 at the Oakland Coliseum — many of the fans were there for a postgame drone show — German and Oakland right-hander Adam Oller took no-hitters into the sixth.

Stephen Vogt (right) celebrates with Chad Pinder after belting the game-tying homer in the 10th inning of the Yankees' 3-2, 11th-inning loss to the A's.
Stephen Vogt (right) celebrates with Chad Pinder after belting the game-tying homer in the 10th inning of the Yankees’ 3-2, 11th-inning loss to the A’s.
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Oswaldo Cabrera doubled to right-center to open the top of the sixth.

He was then thrown out trying to steal third.

Oller allowed just one hit in his eight shutout innings and faced the minimum number of batters.

After Judge made a nice play in center on a long fly ball by Cal Stevenson in the bottom of the sixth, German gave up an infield hit on a comebacker by Nick Allen and threw the ball away, allowing Allen to get to second, but German retired the next two batters.

The Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Oller, who entered the game with an ERA of 6.41, but had pitched better in his previous three starts.

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

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

But it wasn’t enough.

Nevertheless, the Yankees remain in good shape in the division and remain confident with how they’ve been playing.

“We played really well the last four or five days with our backs against the wall,” LeMahieu said. “Maybe the best baseball we have all year. It’s definitely encouraging. There’s still a month to go. I don’t think any of us are gonna relax.”

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