Any manager would like his top left-handed power hitter available for a series at Yankee Stadium, with that short porch in right, and Bob Melvin was no different. He said before Tuesday's game that it would be nice to have Brandon Moss back after the first baseman missed two games with a right calf strain. Moss then did what he does best and went deep in the fifth, with a solo shot off Hiroki Kuroda - and then hit an absolute blast into the second deck in right in the 10th inning, the game-winning blow as the A's beat the Yankees 5-2. "The second one made a loud sound," Melvin said. "I don't think you can hit that farther," A's starter Scott Kazmir said. Moss, who hit a 3-2 slider from Adam Warren, said he sees the ball particularly well at Yankee Stadium. "It's one of those places that are kind of special as a baseball player," Moss said. Jed Lowrie added an RBI double and Kyle Blanks sent in Lowrie with a base hit. The A's have won six of their past eight games and have their best record (36-22) after 58 games since the 1990 team started 39-19. Moss has hit 11 homers over his past 25 games and his 15 homers overall are tied for the team lead with Josh Donaldson. "I felt fine," Moss said of his calf strain. "Obviously, I didn't have to sprint or anything." Stephen Vogt, recalled Sunday by the A's, tied the game in the eighth with a two-out pinch-hit double off Dellin Betances. Betances entered the night with 56 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. "Silly numbers," Melvin said of the Yankees' right hander. Vogt had faced Betances numerous times in the minors, though, so he had some idea what to look for, and at 3-2, he figured fastball and got one a little up.
Brandon Moss homers twice in A's 10-inning win over Yankees
San Francisco Chronicle | Jun 4