OAKLAND, California: On paper, it looked like a major mismatch, with last-place Oakland sending out a couple of struggling starters against Aaron Judge and the powerful New York Yankees.
Instead, the Yankees ended up with five hits in a puzzling set of back-to-back losses.
Minor league call-up Adrián Martínez held New York hitless into the fifth inning and the Athletics beat Yankees 4-1 Sunday (Monday in Manila).
"This is the time of the year when it's kind of a grind," Judge said. "This team knows that. We got our butt kicked. We have to step up and respond."
One night after the vaunted Yankees lineup managed one hit in 11 innings against Adam Oller and the Oakland bullpen, New York wasn't much better against another starter who entered with an ERA above 6.00.
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Martínez (3-3), called up from Triple-A before the game, allowed two walks and no other baserunners until Aaron Hicks' single with two outs in the fifth for New York's second hit in an 18-inning span against the last-place A's.
"We should be able to put together more offense," manager Aaron Boone said. "We got to if we're going to be the kind of team we expect to be. We have to do a better job."
Kyle Higashioka added an RBI single in the fifth for the only run off Martinez, who allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings.
New York managed just one more hit off the Oakland bullpen, with A.J. Puk getting three outs for his fourth save.
The strong pitching kept Judge stuck on 49 homers as he tries to become the 10th player in big league history with multiple seasons with at least 50 home runs. Judge went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
"You have to tip your cap sometimes," Judge said. "They had some good pitchers over there who made pitches when they had to and kept us off balance the last couple of days."
The A's jumped on Clarke Schmidt (5-3) early in his second start of the season. Stephen Vogt, who hit a tying two-run homer in the 10th on Saturday, followed it up with an RBI double in the first and scored on Dermis Garcia's single.
Tony Kemp and Garcia added RBI singles in the third to make it 4-0.
That was more than enough for Martinez.