OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Reddick is providing the power stroke the Oakland Athletics are missing without Brandon Inge and Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of the order.
Problem is, he's the only one. The A's need reinforcements - and they could be coming soon.
Reddick hit a solo home run in a 9-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, the fourth straight defeat for the undermanned A's.
``I'm happy I'm swinging the bat but unfortunately we're not winning games,' Reddick said. ``We have a team full of power and they know we'll turn it around. I know we'll turn it around.'
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and a solo shot among his career high-tying four hits to back CC Sabathia's sixth win of the year in the Yankees' fourth straight win to match a season high.
In two games here, Teixeira has three home runs and seven RBIs.
``I'm glad I'm seeing some results. Just being real aggressive with my swings and trying to let it go, which I've done my whole career,' said Teixeira, whose five RBIs were a career high. ``I am who I am. I wouldn't know how to explain what kind of hitter I am. I just go up and try to see the ball and hit it really hard.'
Teixeira and Robinson Cano each homered for a second straight day as the Yankees added three more longballs to give them nine homers in the last three games.
What a change for Teixeira, whose lingering cough and physical limitations kept him from clearing the fences early on even when he felt he was swinging as hard as he could.
Teixeira hit a solo home run in the fourth, added a two-run single in the fifth when New York broke it open and had a two-run homer in the ninth, almost single handily sending Oakland to its season-worst fourth straight defeat. Manager Joe Girardi said before the game he believes Teixeira is getting back to his former slugging self.
Derek Jeter hit a go-ahead RBI single in the third to give him 3,153 career hits for 15th on baseball's career list, then Jeter beat out a bunt single in the fifth to tie George Brett for 14th place with 3,154. Alex Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly in New York's three-run fifth.
Reddick connected leading off the third for his 13th home run and second in as many games and Collin Cowgill had a season-high three hits, but the A's lost their eighth in a row at home to the Yankees in the Coliseum.
``After the home run he threw more sliders and curves and that made his fastball look even faster coming in,' Reddick said of Sabathia.
Cespedes planned to take batting practice on the field Sunday for the second straight day then leave for a short rehab assignment, which he expects to be two games. Inge is playing rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento, and suspended slugger Manny Ramirez is eligible to play again Wednesday at Minnesota on his 40th birthday.
``We haven't been as good offensively as we thought we'd be at this point in the season but our expectations don't change,' manager Bob Melvin said.
Sabathia (6-2), back in his native Bay Area with 200 friends and family in the stands, outpitched former Yankee Bartolo Colon and drew cheers when introduced before the game. Former A's six-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez also received a warm welcome when he came to the plate leading off the third, and again after he doubled.
Jonny Gomes hit a two-out RBI single off Sabathia in the first to put Oakland ahead, then New York quickly tied it on Cano's drive into the right field bleachers to start the second.
Teixeira followed up a two-hit night with a two-run homer in Friday's 6-3 win by adding four more hits for a season high and his 22nd career four-hit game. He singled leading off the eighth before getting caught off the bag on an unassisted double play by A's first baseman Adam Rosales, who first fielded Raul Ibanez's liner.
New York then loaded the bases against A's reliever Graham Godfrey, who hit Jeter with a pitch in the back of his left shoulder to force in a run. Godfrey had been slated to start Monday at Minnesota but now that will be Travis Blackley.
The Yankees' winning streak in Oakland dates to July 5, 2010 - their longest unbeaten run in this venue since it opened in 1968 and Oakland's longest skid in the series. New York has won 12 of 13 here overall and is 23-9 since the start of the 2004 season.
Colon (4-5) allowed six runs on nine hits in six innings and didn't walk a batter for the fifth time in his 11 starts and third in the last four outings.
The 39-year-old Colon was trying to win back-to-back starts for the first time since April 13 and 18. He then had a five-start winless stretch in which he went 0-3 before beating the Giants in San Francisco last Sunday.
The right-hander got through a 1-2-3 first on eight pitches, then surrendered Cano's seventh home run.
``I felt good but I made a couple of mistakes they hit for home runs,' he said. ``I'm throwing strikes that I try to locate on the corners but I'm not getting them where I want and they hit them very hard.'
NOTES: Colon, whose birthday was Thursday, became the fifth pitcher in Oakland history to start a game at age 39 or older. ... Tommy Milone (6-3) pitches for the A's on Sunday in his first appearance vs. New York, which counters with Hiroki Kuroda (3-6) in his first outing against Oakland since June 17, 2009, with the Dodgers. He is trying for his first road win after an 0-4 start.
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