Kaprielian haunts Yanks in Bronx return; Kemp and Olson supply the Big Fly in A’s 5-3 win

The Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian delivers to the New York Yankees line up at Yankees Stadium in first inning on Fri Jun 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK–The Oakland A’s beat the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium 5-3 on Friday night to extend the longest active winning streak in the league to seven games.

Tony Kemp hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning that put the A’s up 5-3 and neither team scored after that. Oakland (44-27) is now a season-high 17 games over .500.

A’s right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian got his revenge on the Yankees team that traded him along with two other players back in 2017. Kaprielian struck out two in his first inning. He retired his first eight batters before walking Brett Gardner. Kaprielian allowed only three hits and seven punchouts in 5 2/3 innings.

In the first inning, Matt Olson homered on a fly ball to right field to put the A’s up 1-0. Mark In the third, Canha singled on a ground ball to center fielder Brett Gardner and Elvis Andrus scored and gave the A’s a 2-0 lead. DJ LeMahieu hit a home run on a line drive to right center field allowing Gardner to score and tying the game at 2-2.

In the fifth inning, Rougned Odor hit a home run on a fly ball to center field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. That was one of Kaprielian’s mistakes.

But in the sixth inning, Tony Kemp hit a 2-2 slider from lefty Wandy Peralta for a three-run homer with Matt Chapman and Sean Murphy scoring to put the A’s back up 5-3.

Yankees starting pitcher James Taillon did not get through the fifth inning. He allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings and was pulled after only 76 pitches.

A crowd of 24,037 attended Yankee Stadium, which was back to full capacity for the first time since the pre-pandemic times.

“That’s what we been waiting for,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said. “Since the start of 2020, playing in this stadium with no fans, they played the fake crowd noise, but that doesn’t compare, not even close, to what a packed house at Yankee Stadium any night brings.”

Oakland started their 10-game road trip 1-0 and improved to 19-9 on the road.

First pitch for game 2 of the three-game series is at 10:05 a.m. —

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