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Betances' rare slip up helps A's rally past Yankees in 10 innings, 5-2

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - When Stephen Vogt tagged Dellin Betances with a tying double in the eighth, Brandon Moss instantly thought the Oakland Athletics were on their way to a win.

The A's slugger had that much respect for the big Yankees reliever.

Moss helped Oakland fulfil his feeling, hitting his second homer of the game leading off the 10th inning as the A's rallied for a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night.

"I felt like that pretty much did it for us because if we can get to that guy and get him out of the game," Moss said, "they have Robertson who's a dominant reliever but you're probably only going to see him one inning. Then nobody that they're going to bring out of that bullpen is — they're good but they're not those two guys. Once you get those two guys you feel pretty good about your chances."

Betances, a failed minor league starter, has developed into one of the Yankees' best relievers — with a fastball and devastating curveball. The 6-foot-8 right-hander from New York, had not walked a batter over 10 appearances (15 1-3 innings) before giving Alberto Callaspo a free pass with two outs in the eighth.

Betances appeared rattled after the walk and he fell behind Vogt, a pinch hitter. Vogt lined a full-count pitch into right-centre for a tying double.

"I felt good. I just think the two out walk hurt, I had him in my head and I just did not put him away," Betances said. "I think from there I just fell behind on Vogt and just threw him a good pitch to hit. I think Callaspo, that at-bat was more frustrating."

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.

The major's best run-producing offence 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.

Sean Doolittle finished off the A's fourth straight win with a perfect 10th for his sixth save. Doolittle extended his scoreless streak to 15 1-3 innings.

Dan Otero (5-1) pitched an inning for the A's, who improved to 7-13 when trailing after seven innings.

The injury-depleted Yankees came in looking hardly like the Bronx Bombers they are expected to be. With an opening-day payroll about $120 million more than the A's, New York had hit just five homers in 15 games and none in the two Mark Teixeira sat with inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist.

Teixeira, though woke up pain-free Tuesday and manager Joe Girardi made the switch-hitter the cleanup batter. Teixeira drove in New York's two runs, homering in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

"He said he was fine," Girardi said. "You know you kind of keep your fingers crossed and hope he feels good tomorrow."

In contrast, Moss' drive off Hiroki Kuroda into Monument Park leading off the fifth gave the slugging A's at least one long ball in 11 straight games.

A rainbow arcing high above the scoreboard in centre field before the rain-delayed first pitch appeared to be a good omen for New York, which grabbed a quick lead.

Scott Kazmir needed four batters to warm up after a storm pushed back the start 1 hour, 12 minutes. Brett Gardner singled leading off. After Derek Jeter struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Teixeira dunked a blooper inside the right field line for a 1-0 lead.

After that, Kazmir retired 16 of 17 — including four Ks in a row — before Teixeira sent a drive into the A's bullpen in left-centre for his 10th homer — the second swinging from the right side — and a 2-1 lead.

Kuroda was just as good, allowing a run and two hits in 6 2-3 innings.

NOTES: Ellsbury has committed $1 million to Oregon State, where he played from 2003-05. The money will go to help with the expansion of the baseball team's locker room facilities. ... The Yankees claimed off waivers LHP Wade LeBlanc from the Los Angeles Angels. ... New York OF Carlos Beltran (bone spur in right elbow) went 2 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game in Tampa, Florida. Girardi said it was possible that Beltran could rejoin the Yankees on Friday in Kansas City. ... Up next: Oakland's Jesse Chavez (4-3) faces New York's Vidal Nuno (1-2).

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