Chavez shuts down Yankees to lead Athletics to 3-0 win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The way Jesse Chavez was dealing, Stephen Vogt knew Oakland didn't need much offense to give him a much-needed win. That hasn't been so easy for the Athletics to do this season.
Chavez pitched eight impressive innings and Vogt hit a two-run homer to give the A's their first home series win of the season with a 3-0 victory Sunday over the New York Yankees.
''I was thinking to myself we have not scored any runs for this guy all year,'' Vogt said. We knew today all he needed was one run. That's the kind of day it was for him on the mound. To get him a couple of runs was huge. He was just some kind of awesome today.''
Chavez (2-5) had pitched 25 innings since Oakland last scored a run for him before Vogt connected broke open a scoreless game with his homer in the sixth against Adam Warren.
Chavez allowed seven hits and no walks, striking out six. He had his second straight start with no earned runs allowed in eight innings but got the win this time after losing 1-0 on an unearned run to Detroit on Tuesday.
''It wears on you to keep going out there knowing you have to put up zeroes,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''The two-run homer felt like a five-run homer. ... It's great that we could finally reward him.''
Tyler Clippard got three outs for his seventh save in eight chances as the A's got their first series win at home since taking two of three from Philadelphia last Sept. 19-21.
Warren (3-4) allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings in his fourth straight quality start for the Yankees, who have lost 13 of 18 overall.
''He made a mistake. He made one mistake and unfortunately it cost the game,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''I think we got a really good performance out of him. It's unfortunate we didn't score him any runs.''
It looked as if Chavez was in for another tough-luck game when Warren breezed through the first five innings. But that changed in the sixth when Billy Burns got things started with one of his three hits and then promptly stole second and third.
Warren got Ben Zobrist on a shallow fly that kept Burns at third base. Vogt left no doubt when he followed with a drive into the right-field seats for his 11th home run of the season.
Vogt added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, scoring Burns once again, to give the A's a 3-0 lead. Vogt has a career-high 38 RBIs, surpassing the mark of 35 he set last season.
Yankees: INF Brendan Ryan, out all season with a right calf injury, began a rehab assignment at Class A Tampa. ... RHP Chris Martin (right elbow) was returned from a rehab assignment, reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and then optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Athletics: LHP Eric O'Flaherty (strained left shoulder) could be activated as soon as Tuesday after making a rehab appearance Saturday at Class A Stockton.
KLAY THE A'S FAN
Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson got a warm ovation when he was shown at the game on the video screen wearing an A's hat. Thompson pointed to the logo, prompting even more cheers. This comes two days after teammate Stephen Curry attended a Giants game in San Francisco to the chagrin of A's fans - and even some players. Thompson visited the A's clubhouse after the game and picked up some souvenirs. He would not say whether he will practice Monday after being sidelined by a concussion.
''Go Warriors. We're rooting for him,'' Vogt said. ''To have a superstar like Klay Thompson come in here just to show us his support is pretty cool.''
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-2) will make his first start in Seattle since being traded by the Mariners to New York in January 2012. He takes on Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (8-1).
Athletics: Oakland has a day off before starting a three-game series in Detroit on Tuesday. Kendall Graveman (2-2), who left the team to attend to a family matter, is still scheduled to start against Alfredo Simon (5-2).