A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees

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A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees

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Things are trending downward for the Oakland A's. They have lost a season-high four straight games, and Bartolo Colon who looked like a steal after starting the season 3-1, has gone 1-4 since. The A's struggles couldn't come at a worse time. The Yankees' 9-2 victory means they have won 12 of their last 13 games at the Oakland Coliseum. "I am just pitching the same way I did at the beginning of the season," Colon said. "The difference is that I throw a lot of strikes and sometimes they take advantage of that."Colon, allowed six earned runs in six innings of work. He gave up nine hits, two of which were home runs. He was out-dueled by another former Cy Young Award winner in C.C. Sabathia, who allowed two runs over seven innings of work. "I think different lineups are a lot more difficult to navigate through," Melvin said. "And this one is one of them." Saturday's game played out a lot like Friday's game. In both contests a defensive lapse prolonged an inning that ended up resulting in a big hit by Mark Teixeira. On Saturday, Teixeira's big hit came in the form of a two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth inning.Teixeira never would have stepped to the plate that inning if it wasn't for a Derek Jeter bunt attempt that was botched by the A's. When Jeter bunted, both Colon and first baseman Adam Rosales went for the ball. Colon fielded the ball cleanly, but no one was at first base to take the throw. Instead of being out at first, Jeter recorded his 3,154th hit, which tied him with George Brett for 14th on Major League Baseball's all-time hit list."Adam Rosales probably breaks a little early," Melvin said. "You have got to have a little bit of a read. In his defense, he hasn't played that much first base." Rosales has only played in eight games in the past two seasons for the A's. Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning. Next, Robinson Cano doubled and Mark Teixeira hit the aforementioned two-run single.Much like Friday's game, Reddick hit a solo homer. It was his 13th of the season, and he has nine home runs in the Month of May -- the best month by an Athletic since Frank Thomas hit 10 in September of 2006. Unfortunately for the A's offense, Reddick seems to be the only hitter providing consistent production at the plate."Everybody would like to have guys on base, but I wouldn't say frustrating is the word," Reddick said. "I am happy I am swinging the bat the way I am. It's just unfortunate we're not winning the games. So hopefully I can stay consistent like this until these guys get fired up, and we can do some damage."Help could be on the way for the A's offense. Brandon Inge, Yoenis Cespedes, and Manny Ramirez could all join the team on the upcoming road road trip. Before they hit the road the A's will have to try and find away to beat the Yankees at the Coliseum in the series finale. Something they haven't been able to do since 2010. NOTES: In the eighth inning, Monday's probable starting pitcher Graham Godfrey entered the game in relief. He pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Godfrey plunked Derek Jeter in the shoulder with the bases loaded, and gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira, who also hit a home run in the fourth inning. Godfrey injured the middle finger of his pitching hand prior to his last start. He threw a bullpen session before the game.After the game, Bob Melvin announced that left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley will start the game on Monday against the Twins.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.