A’s shut down Yankees bats for 2nd straight game in 4-1 win

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minor league call-up Adrián Martínez held New York hitless into the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics shut down the powerful Yankees for a second straight game with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

One night after the vaunted Yankees lineup managed one hit in 11 innings against Adam Oller and the Oakland bullpen, New York wasn’t much better against another starter who entered the game with an ERA above 6.00.

Martínez (3-3), called up from Triple-A before the game, allowed two walks and no other baserunners until Aaron Hicks’ single with two outs in the fifth inning for New York’s second hit in an 18-inning span against the last-place A’s.

Kyle Higashioka added an RBI single in the fifth for the only run off Martinez, who allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

New York managed just one more hit off the Oakland bullpen, with A.J. Puk getting three outs for his fourth save.

The strong pitching kept Yankees slugger Aaron Judge stuck on 49 homers as he tries to become the 10th player in big league history with multiple seasons with at least 50 home runs. Judge went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The A’s jumped on Clarke Schmidt (5-3) early in his second start of the season. Stephen Vogt, who hit a tying two-run homer in the 10th on Saturday, followed it up with an RBI double in the first and scored on Dermis Garcia’s single.

Tony Kemp and Garcia added RBI singles in the third to make it 4-0.

The win came after the A’s were officially eliminated from the AL West race with Houston’s win over Baltimore. This is the earliest Oakland has ever been eliminated from winning the division.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP Anthony Banda was signed and added to the active roster to replace Aroldis Chapman, who went on the IL Saturday. Banda got two outs in his Yankees debut. … RHP Luis Gil was recalled and transferred to the 60-day IL. … Manager Aaron Boone said LHP Zach Britton (Tommy John surgery) left his second second minor league rehab appearance in Florida on Saturday with cramping in his glute but is expected to make his next appearance in a few days. … LHP Chasen Shreve was assigned to the Yankees FCL roster.

Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano (left oblique) won’t join the team on the upcoming road trip. Laureano took a day off in his rehab work after feeling sore after running the bases Saturday. … OF Cristian Pache was also called up from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game and LHP Jared Koenig and INF David MacKinnon were optioned to the minors.

STREAKING

The A’s honored the 2002 team that won what was then an AL-record 20 straight games. Scott Hatteberg and Art Howe addressed the crowd prior to the game and Miguel Tejada threw the ceremonial first pitch to Hatteberg. More than a dozen players were in attendance.

“It bonded us and welded us as a club,” said Hatteberg, who hit a game-ending homer in the 20th win after the A’s blew an 11-run lead against Kansas City. “I see these guys and I look at them and it’s like I looked at them back then. We are a tight group now.”

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (4-10, 3.84 ERA) will make his fifth start with the Yankees when New York opens a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.

Athletics: Oakland hits the road for a six-game trip starting Tuesday in Washington when Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound looking to snap a personal four-game losing streak.

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