OAKLAND, California – After the Yankees were two outs 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.
Instead, LeMahieu was hit in the foot second moment by a sliding Sean Murphy and his wild pitch after the feed from Isiah Kiner-Falefa came first past Anthony Rizzo and allowed automatic runner Shea Langeliers with one out in the 11th.
“It was a hard, good slide,” said LeMahieu. “I should have done the stretch. He got my back foot. I probably should have cleared some space.”
But they were alone in that spot as the normally reliable Ron Marinaccio gave up an tying, two-run homer to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning after the Yankees took advantage of the wildness of AJ Puk in the top of the inning to to score their only runs of the game.
And it wasted a great outing by Domingo German, who threw 7 ²/₃ shutout-innings.
As Tampa Bay also lost in second place on Saturday, the Yankees’ lead in the AL East remained at 8 ¹/₂ games.
Perhaps most damaging of all, the Yankees only got one hit — even with the extra innings.
Andrew Benintendi led off the 10th by punching right back to Puk, who threw automatic runner Kyle Higashioka into third. Aaron Judge struckout and Benintendi stole second. Josh Donaldson was walked intentionally and Puk drilled Anthony Rizzo high on the shoulder to load the bases.
An obviously rattling Puk then nearly threw a wild pitch with LeMahieu at the plate, but Murphy saved him by plucking the ball from the sand. But Murphy was unable to save Puk later in the at bat, as a wild pitch by Murphy got away, enabling Benintendi to give the Yankees the lead.
Murphy’s flip to Puk at the plate was foul and Donaldson came by to score a second run on the foul.
Marinaccio, who made it to the final out of the bottom of the ninth, was then defeated after a substitution.
“I love him against those leftists,” said Aaron Boone. “It was a great swing [by Voit].”
Boone said Giancarlo Stanton was available next door to the bank, but that he would only “use him in certain situations.”
That did not 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 Oakland Coliseum — many of the fans there for a postgame drone show — German and Oakland righthander Adam Oller took no-hitters to sixth.
Oswaldo Cabrera doubled to right-center to lead off the top of the sixth.
He was then kicked out trying to steal third place.
Oller gave up only one hit in his eight shutout innings and faced the minimum number of batters.
After Judge made a nice play in the middle on a long flyout by Cal Stevenson in the bottom of the sixth, German gave up an infieldhit to a comebacker to Nick Allen and threw the ball away, enabling Allen to advance to second base, but the German retired out the next two batters in a row.
The Yankees got nothing going against Oller, who entered the game with a 6.41 ERA, but had thrown better in his previous three starts.
German was even more dominant, needing only 48 pitches to get through five innings.
He gave up an one-out double to Stevenson in the eighth and Stevenson moved to third base on a grounder to second base by Allen before being replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga, who caused Tony Kemp to ground out to end the inning to close.
But it wasn’t enough.
Nevertheless, the Yankees remain in good shape in the division and are confident in how they play.
“We’ve played really well with our backs against the wall for the past four or five days,” said LeMahieu. “Perhaps the best baseball we’ve had all year. It’s certainly encouraging. There’s still a month to go. I don’t think any of us will relax.”