Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs, and the bullpen bailed out a struggling Nathan Eovaldi as the Yanks beat the A’s 5-3 Saturday night.
Brian McCann singled in a run in the first, but the A’s got two in the third and one in the fourth to go up 3-1. It could have been more. In the first, rookie Ramon Flores, making his MLB debut, threw out a runner at the plate. Despite giving up 11 hits in 4 2/3 IP, Eovaldi gave up just three runs. The bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Yanks started their comeback by getting a run via a Chase Headley single in the fifth to cut the A’s lead to 3-2. Headley had three hits in the game.
In the sixth, Beltran hit a 2-run HR (4) to put the Yanks up 4-3. The homer, Beltran’s 377th of his career, enabled him to tie teammate Mark Teixeira on the all-time list, along with Jeff Kent and Norm Cash.
Beltran hit a SF for an insurance run in the eighth.
Chasen Shreve was brilliant in relief, striking out all four batters he faced.
Dellin Betances kept his ERA at 0.00.
A-Rod got one hit, moving his career total to 2984.
Eovaldi 4 2/3, 3 R, 11 H, o walks and 2 K 4.40.
Shreve (W, 2-1, 2.61) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 5.17.
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.81.
The win puts the Yanks at 26-24, and maintains their one game lead in the AL East.