OAKLAND, Calif. — 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 on May 31 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 May 26.
“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.
(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer)