NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak and avoided being swept by the Oakland A's as Masahiro Tanaka combined with three relievers, including closer David Robertson, to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 victory.
The Yankees (30-29) finish this homestand at 2-5 -- and avoid dropping under .500.
Mr. Reliable: Tanaka (9-1, 2.02) wasn't his best and he still barely gave up any runs in his six innings. After allowing John Jaso's first-inning solo shot, Tanaka didn't allow another run the rest of his outing. He pitched out of trouble in the fourth and fifth, leaving two runners on in each inning.
After 104 pitches, Tanaka was through with a line that read: one earned run on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Fonzie's back: Snapping an 0-for-16 slump, Alfonso Soriano produced the Yankees' first run. In the second, he drove in Brian McCann. McCann, batting seventh for the first time this season, laced a single to left and went to second on an error to set up Soriano.
In the seventh, Soriano picked up a double, but that was because Coco Crisp lost a ball in the sun. Still, it was progress for him.
No. 13: That's how many saves Robertson has. But there was a tense ninth-inning moment as Stephen Vogt hit a one-out single. Pinch runner Craig Gentry stole second and moved to third on a grounder up the middle that kicked off Robertson and bounced to Mark Teixeira, who flipped it back to D-Rob at first. This set up Derek Norris with the tying run at third.
Robertson got Norris to look at a third strike to end the game.
Dealin' Dellin: Dellin Betances pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. He struck out one. In his previous outing, Betances gave up a hit and a run that allowed the A's to tie the game.
Warren rebounds: Adam Warren entered in the eighth and immediately allowed two hits. Since he lost the game Tuesday, there was a restlessness in the crowd. Warren came back to finish off the inning by sandwiching strikeouts of Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes around a nice catch by Ichiro Suzuki in right on a Brandon Moss liner.
To strike out Cespedes to end the inning, Warren dialed it up to 96. He then pounded his mitt with excitement.
Three touchdowns: In their previous four games, all losses, the Yankees had been outscored 21-0 after the seventh inning.
Next, Jacoby Ellsbury nailed a ball to the right-field wall. Initially, it was ruled a home run. However, after review, the call was changed to a double. It clearly hit off the top of the padding.
Still, the Yankees had second and third with just one out. Could they score? Nope. Teixeira lined out and Carlos Beltran struck out in his first at-bat back.
Zim remembered: Before the national anthem, PA announcer Paul Olden acknowledged the passing of Don Zimmer. During the game, there was a video tribute to Zimmer, showing him smiling and laughing on the home bench at the old Stadium.
What's next: Another long road trip for the Yankees as they travel to three cities for 10 games and don't return to Yankee Stadium until June 17. The trip takes them to Kansas City for four before three each in Seattle and Oakland.