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Kazmir, A's put an end to Yankees win streak

Jun 15, 2014 - 6:02 AM Oakland, CA ( - Eric Sogard knocked in two runs and Scott Kazmir tossed seven sterling innings, as Oakland topped the Yankees by a 5-1 count in Saturday's second edition of a three-game series.

Kazmir (8-2) allowed one unearned run on three hits, walking three and fanning two for the Athletics, who bounced back from a 7-0 defeat in Friday's opener.

"He pitches. He lives on the edges and changes speeds really well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Kazmir.

John Jaso and Andy Parrino drove in a run each for Oakland.

Kelly Johnson doubled and scored the lone run for the Yankees, whose four-game win streak came to an end. Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) lasted just 4 2/3 frames, charged in the loss for five hits and four runs.

A faulty light tower atop the left-field bleachers caused the bottom of the fourth to be delayed 38 minutes, and when play resumed, the A's continued to push.

Sogard walked to kick off the home fifth, Coco Crisp reached on a bunt single, both advanced on New York catcher John Ryan Murphy's passed ball and Jaso plated one with a groundout. Murphy's second passed ball of the inning then brought in Crisp and the hosts led 4-1.

Kuroda was pulled for Shawn Kelley after Brandon Moss hit a two-out single, but Yoenis Cespedes fanned to keep it a three-run game.

Kazmir retired the side in order to cap his outing in the sixth, then Dan Otero followed suit in the seventh and eighth. Sean Doolittle closed out the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth.

"You have to get contributions across the board all the way through the lineup," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You don't always want to have to count on certain guys in the lineup."

Oakland touched Kuroda in the second. Cespedes walked, Stephen Vogt singled and Parrino walked ahead of a two-run hit by Sogard.

Johnson walked with two away in the third, moved to third on a Brett Gardner base hit then scored when Parrino made a bad throw to first on a Derek Jeter grounder. Jacoby Ellsbury walked to load the bases, but Alfonso Soriano's grounder turned into a force at third.

Game Notes

Oakland has won three of five meetings against New York, and four of five at home since last June ... Kazmir, who has won four straight starts, has lasted at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts in 2014 ... Prior to his two-run single, Sogard had just one RBI over 77 at-bats in his previous 27 games.

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  • Andy Parrino double to left scored Craig Gentry. Runner on second with one out and Eric Sogard due up.

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  • John Ryan Murphy's passed ball scored Coco Crisp. None on with one out and Josh Donaldson at the plate.

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  • John Jaso ground out first to pitcher scored Eric Sogard. On the play, Coco Crisp advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Josh Donaldson due up.

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  • Derek Jeter reached first on Andy Parrino's throwing error scoring Kelly Johnson. On the play, Brett Gardner advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Jacoby Ellsbury due up.

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  • Eric Sogard single to center scored Yoenis Cespedes and Stephen Vogt. On the play, Andy Parrino advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Coco Crisp due up.

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