A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

A's wait out Tanaka, strike late in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.

"We felt like all we had to do was keep sticking around and Manaea was going to give us a chance to win," Vogt said, "and we did."

Vogt's two-run home run

Keeping New York off balance, the left-handed Manaea completed seven innings for the first time this season while holding New York scoreless on just four hits -- three singles and a double -- with a walk and eight strikeouts. The A's have won five of seven.

"When he's throwing strikes, getting ahead, he's tough to think along with," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Manaea. "He felt good enough to go out and finish the seventh, and incrementally we're trying to get his pitch count up so he can pitch deep into games for us."

Manaea's scoreless start

Despite the loss, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was encouraged by how Tanaka (5-4) bounced back from a pair of outings in which he permitted 14 runs and 16 hits over 4 2/3 innings to the Astros and Rays. Tanaka's 13 strikeouts were a career high, besting his previous high mark of 11 (done twice).

Tanaka's strong start

With both his slider and splitter working crisply, Tanaka held Oakland to a run over 7 1/3 innings, leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 39,044. He generated a career-high 25 swings and misses over his 111 pitches, according to Statcast™, limiting Oakland to just five hits without a walk.

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"I'm somewhat satisfied with the start today, obviously, but I think I can't be too up about this," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I had a couple of bad starts, so just moving forward I'd like to keep my consistency in my pitches so that I can get the type of results I got today."

Didi Gregorius lifted a ninth-inning sacrifice fly as the Yankees remained one of three Major League teams not to be shut out this season, along with the Nationals and Twins.

Didi's sacrifice fly

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Clipped: Third baseman Chase Headley kept the game scoreless in the eighth by throwing out Adam Rosales at the plate on a fielder's choice, bailing out Clippard after a two-base throwing error, but that reprieve was short-lived. Rajai Davis stole second, and after Clippard walked Matt Joyce on a 3-2 pitch, Lowrie followed with a ground-ball single through the right side that drove home the first run of the evening. Khris Davis legged out an infield hit that brought in the second run.

Headley nabs Rosales at home

"Obviously throwing a ball away wasn't good, but getting that out [at the plate] was huge," Clippard said. "I felt good about the batter that was up, getting him out, but 3-2 I just didn't execute. After that, I felt like I executed OK, but a couple of balls found holes. It's frustrating. It was a weird one, and even more so because Masa did such a great job."

Great escape: The Yankees were set up to break the scoreless game in the seventh inning, as Aaron Judge blooped a soft one-out single to right field -- at 67.7 mph, it was the softest hit of his Major League career -- and Gregorius reached on a catcher's interference error charged to Vogt. Manaea recovered by getting Headley to bounce into an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play.

Manaea escapes a jam in the 7th

"He's a funky angle. Not a lot of us have faced him very much," Headley said of Manaea. "He's different, he comes from different arm angles, and he had his stuff going tonight. He had all three pitches going. You tip your cap. I thought he threw the ball well." More >

REPLAY REVIEW
The Yankees unsuccessfully challenged Davis' RBI single in the eighth inning, as Joyce scored on a ground ball to Gregorius at short. After review, the original call on the field stood. The Yankees are 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) on replay reviews this season.

Davis' RBI single, call stands

WHAT'S NEXT
A's: The A's will recall right-hander Jharel Cotton from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday's 10:05 a.m. PT matchup with the host Yankees. Cotton was 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA in seven starts during his first stint with the A's this season.

Yankees: CC Sabathia (4-2, 4.62 ERA) will make his 10th start of the season on Saturday as the Yankees host the Athletics at 1:05 p.m. ET. Sabathia has won two straight starts, allowing a total of two runs (one earned) in 11 2/3 innings. The Vallejo, Calif., product is 2-1 with a 6.26 ERA in his last five starts vs. Oakland.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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