NEW YORK – Sean Doolittle wasn’t surprised at all by Oakland’s offensive outburst in the 10th inning.
Brandon Moss hit his second homer of the game leading off the 10th, and the A’s rallied for a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
The best run-producing offense in the majors then got an RBI double from Jed Lowrie and a run-scoring single from Kyle Blanks to open a big lead for Oakland’s suspect back end of the bullpen.
“The way the guys were swinging in the 10th inning, it was like they could smell the victory and found a way to get it done,” A’s reliever Doolittle said. “That’s typical Oakland A’s baseball.”
Returning to the lineup after missing two games with a strained right calf, Moss drilled a full-count pitch from Adam Warren (1-3) into the second deck down the right field line for his 15th homer. That gave the AL West-leading A’s their first lead in a game that was delayed more than an hour at the start by rain.
“We have a very confident offense,” Moss said.
Moss’ first homer of the game came in the fifth off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. It was the only run Kuroda allowed in 6⅔ innings on the mound.
Ichiro Suzuki flied out to left in the bottom of the eighth after coming on as a defensive replacement in the top half of the inning.
Orioles 8, Rangers 3
In Arlington, Texas, Nelson Cruz hit a towering three-run homer in his return to Texas and Baltimore won its third straight game.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3
In Detroit, Brett Lawrie’s three-run homer highlighted a big burst for Toronto.
Astros 7, Angels 2
In Houston, Jon Singleton homered in his major league debut for the Astros.
Indians 5, Red Sox 3
In Cleveland, Michael Bourn hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, helping the Indians to their season-high fifth straight win.
Pirates 4, Padres 1
In San Diego, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker hit home runs to back Gerrit Cole.
Nationals 7, Phillies 0
In Washington, Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from a mini-slump to throw eight crisp innings, and Ryan Zimmerman hit a pair of doubles and handled two chances with aplomb in his debut in left field.
Reds 8, Giants 3
In Cincinnati, Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer and Jay Bruce emerged from a slump by driving in a pair of runs.
Mets 2, Cubs 1
In Chicago, Chris Coghlan homered in the eighth and Nate Schierholtz hit a game-ending RBI single.
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2
In Denver, Nick Evans and Chris Owings hit back-to-back homers for Arizona, and rookie Chase Anderson won his fourth straight start.
White Sox 4, Dodgers 1
In Los Angeles, Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game and Tyler Flowers also went deep.
Twins 6, Brewers 4
In Milwaukee, Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer and Minnesota beat won a game that was briefly delayed when a fan fell into the Brewers’ bullpen.
The game was held up at the start of the eighth inning after the man fell. He was carried on a stretcher out of the bullpen in left-center field, and the Brewers said he was conscious and alert.
Royals 8, Cardinals 7
In St. Louis, Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and Kansas City earned its second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series.
Norichika Aoki was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the win.
Mariners 7, Braves 5
In Atlanta, John Buck had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Marlins 1, Rays 0
In Miami, Henderson Alvarez needed only 88 pitches to toss an eight-hitter for his third shutout this year, and the Marlins sent reeling Tampa Bay home after a winless eight-game trip.