A's belt 4 homers to sweep Yanks in Bronx

A's belt 4 homers to sweep Yanks in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Khris Davis and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back home runs off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning on Thursday, highlighting a four-homer barrage by the Athletics in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium that completed a three-game sweep.

Davis launched his first home run of the season to snap a 2-2 tie, and Crisp followed suit on the very next pitch, reaching the second deck in left field. The long ball support made a winner of left-hander Rich Hill, who held New York to two runs (one earned) and three hits over six innings while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts.

"It was a great team effort all the way around," Hill said. "We've been playing some really good baseball, and it's nice to see everyone playing well and having fun."

Girardi on Yankees' 7-3 loss

Mark Canha homered for Oakland off Yankees starter Luis Severino, who allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings, accepting a no-decision. Chris Coghlan slugged a two-run homer in the eighth off rookie Johnny Barbato, as the Yankees have lost seven of their last eight contests.

Severino holds A's to two runs

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The A's have won five straight and are 6-0 on the road for the third time in Oakland history.

"Today was a well-balanced game," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We got a couple good defensive plays and some power, and obviously the bullpen coming in and giving us three innings again, it feels good when you're hitting on all cylinders."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Strikeout-savvy: Hill's swing-and-miss stuff -- he has 29 strikeouts in 19 innings this season -- played well at a crucial time in the second inning. The lefty issued two consecutive walks to lead off the inning and, after surrendering a one-out run-scoring single to Aaron Hicks, found himself pitching with runners at the corners. Austin Romine whiffed at Hill's curveball for strike three, and Ronald Torreyes was caught looking at the same pitch for a third-strike call to end the frame. Hill went on to face the minimum in three of his final four frames.

"Just the fastball-breaking ball, we've been sticking with that combination and have the fastball play off the curveball and the curveball play off the fastball," Hill said. "It's imperative that you have some angle on your pitches and make sure that you can get that late velocity through the zone against them."

Hill fans 10, holds Yanks to two

First leather, then the arm: Aaron Hicks has been enjoying an eventful 48 hours in left field. One night after registering the fastest throw in Statcast™ history at 105.5 mph, Hicks scaled the wall in foul ground to snatch Coghlan's fourth-inning fly ball, then flashed his arm by cutting down Jed Lowrie trying to stretch a sixth-inning single into a double.

Cut4: Hicks continues defensive clinic

"He can do it from anywhere; center, right or left," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We knew he was a really good outfielder, and we really believe the young man is going to hit. I know he's gotten off to a slow start offensively, but he's still contributing, and that's important." More >

Must C: Hicks shines on defense

Homer happy: The A's acquired Davis from the Brewers in February to inject a needed dose of power into their lineup, but his go-ahead home run in the seventh inning marked the first sign of it this season, further signifying its impact. Davis entered the game batting .174, but Melvin has continually stuck with him in the lineup, a decision that proved fruitful. Crisp, meanwhile, took a .158 average into the game, before snapping an 0-for-16 skid with a third-inning single and notching his second homer of the season in the seventh behind Davis.

"I'm not taking pitches right now," Davis said. "You can't get hot just looking at pitches, so I was going up there being aggressive."

"Khris knows what type of hitter he is," Coghlan said. "I've played against him enough in Milwaukee. I've seen him where he's had a rough series, but then I've seen him the next series and he hits four bombs in three games. To see him start to barrel the ball up and hit that ball out, for me watching as a teammate, I'm just really happy for him. The hardest thing in this game is when you get off to a slow start."

Davis' go-ahead blast

RISPy business: Entering the evening with just four hits in their last 58 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Yankees were happy to take whatever they could get. The numbers started trending in the right direction with Hicks' second-inning bloop RBI single to shallow center and Romine's swinging-bunt dribbler up the third-base line in the fourth. Starlin Castro's sharp seventh-inning RBI single to center off Fernando Rodriguez brought the Yanks within a run at the time.

Hicks' RBI single

"I think everyone just has to do their job," Alex Rodriguez said. "We talked about yesterday not trying to do too much. You love to see a guy like Didi [Gregorius] come back and get a pinch-hit and bounce back. That shows good character from one of our young players. It starts with good pitching and timely hitting." More >

Romine's RBI infield single

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
This marked the A's first sweep in 10 series at the current Yankee Stadium. They last swept a series in New York on June 9-11, 2006, and that is the A's only sweep at New York over the previous 21 seasons. They're 16-6 against the Yankees since the start of 2013, the best record by an American League team over that span.

WHAT'S NEXT
Athletics: The A's will have ace Sonny Gray on the mound when they open a three-game series in Toronto on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:07 p.m. PT at Rogers Centre. Gray (2-1, 2.33) was the winning pitcher in his last start, a six-inning outing against the Royals in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Yankees: Left-hander CC Sabathia (1-1, 5.06) will take the ball on Friday at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Rays at 7:05 p.m. ET. Sabathia is coming off a start in which he took a shutout into the fifth inning before allowing three runs to the Mariners. Left-hander Matt Moore (1-0, 2.95) gets the call for Tampa Bay.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.