A's Score Early and Often, Take Two of Three From Yankees


OAKLAND - After only managing two hits Tuesday night, the A's bounced back in a big way Wednesday, piling up eight runs on 11 hits, including six doubles, in a dominant 8-2 win over the Yankees.

Oakland didn't waste any time getting the bats going, striking for four runs in the first inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino. Ramón Laureano, Jed Lowrie, and Khris Davis all recorded multi-hit games and Mike Fiers tossed six strong innings, as Oakland earned a series victory and season split against New York.

The A's improved to 84-57 on the season, 3 1/2 games behind both the Astros and Yankees, and 5 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners.

Here's what else you need to know from Wednesday's win...

--- After a shaky first inning saw him throw 28 pitches and load the bases, Fiers settled down to retire 15 of 16 batters, including eight in a row at one point. He allowed two runs on three hits in six innings, striking out five. Fiers improved to 4-0 since joining the A's. Overall, he is 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA.

--- Severino did not enjoy the same success, lasting only 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. Severino allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits. He also threw two wild pitches, and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez allowed two passed balls, all in the first inning. Severino fell to 17-7 on the season.

--- Laureano led off for the first time in his career, and he took full advantage. The 24-year-old went 2-for-5, with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Laureano continues to impress in his rookie season, raising his slash line to .303/.379/.500

--- Stephen Piscotty extended his hitting streak to eight games, singling home two runs in the fourth inning. During the streak, Piscotty is batting .379 (11-for-29) with four home runs and 13 RBI. He has raised his season slash line to .265/.321/.479.

--- Lowrie and Davis both went 2-for-4. Lowrie drove in a run and scored twice. Davis notched two doubles, giving him 26 for the season. Oakland's 1-6 hitters combined to go 9-for-24 with six RBI and seven runs scored. Every A's starter reached base safely at least once.

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