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Athletics sweep Yankees
Davis, Crisp tag back-to-back HRs; Hill strikes out 10
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NEW YORK (AP) — Khris Davis and Coco Crisp homered on consecutive pitches, backing Rich Hill’s sox strong innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

With the score tied at 2-all to start the seventh inning, Davis greeted reliever Chasen Shreve (1-1) by sending his first pitch deep over the center-field wall. Crisp then lined the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left for the A’s first back-to-back home runs of the season.

The 36-year-old Hill (2-2) kept his former club’s anemic offense off-balance with a big, sweeping curve, limiting the Yankees to just two runs and three hits while striking out 10. The left-hander’s five outings with double-digit strikeouts are the most in the majors since he made his season debut last Sept. 13, according to STATS.

Liam Hendriks allowed two runners in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Ryan Madson retired Starlin Castro and Carlos Beltran for his sixth save.

Oakland won its fifth straight and remained the only team in baseball with a perfect road record. It was the first time the A’s swept a series in the Bronx since 2006.

After hitting 27 home runs last year, the tiebreaking shot was Davis’ first this season.

The Yankees pulled within a run in the seventh as pinch-hitter Brett Gardner led off with a walk against A’s reliever Fernando Rodriguez and later scored on Castro’s RBI single. John Axford then retired Beltran, stranding runners on first and third.

Chris Coghlan gave Oakland some breathing room in the eighth, clubbing a two-run homer to right-center off of rookie reliever Johnny Barbato to make it 6-3.

Aaron Hicks snapped an 0-for-17 stretch with a bloop single to center that drove in Mark Teixeira and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second. It was Hicks’ first hit from the right side of the plate this year.

Oakland opened the top of the fourth with three straight hits, including Jed Lowrie’s single that drove in Josh Reddick to tie the score. Yankees starter Luis Severino escaped further damage, thanks to an acrobatic catch against the wall in foul territory by a leaping Hicks followed by two strikeouts.

New York regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an unearned run After a one-out walk, Alex Rodriguez broke for second and advanced to third after an errant pickoff attempt by Hill sailed into foul territory. Two batters later, Austin Romine singled on a soft dribbler up the third base line, driving in Rodriguez.

Mark Canha, who drove in the winning run in the 11th inning on Tuesday, tied the score at 2-2 with a two-out home run in the fifth. Canha also had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Hicks threw out Lowrie at second base trying to stretch a single in the top of the sixth, much to the delight of Severino. The 22-year-old righty shouted, smacked his hand into his glove and pointed emphatically in the left fielder’s direction.

After struggling in his first two outings, Severino looked more like the confident rookie who posted a 2.89 ERA over 11 starts last year; pitching six strong innings, giving up two runs and seven hits.



Athletics: 3B Danny Valencia, who left Wednesday’s game early after straining his left hamstring while trying to score, was unavailable. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder surgery) is scheduled to throw three innings, or roughly 45 pitches, for Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius, whose blunder on the bases cost the Yankees at least one run on Wednesday, was out of the starting lineup. This was due to Oakland’s lefty starter and not his mistakes the night before, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game. Gregorius entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and remained in the game at shortstop.



Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (2-1, 2.33 ERA) opens the weekend series at Toronto against RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-0, 1.35 ERA).

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 5.06 ERA) starts against LHP Matt Moore (1-0, 2.95 ERA) in the series opener against the visiting Rays.