OAKLAND, Calif. - Afterward, it was time for the Yankees to look big-picture. Better that than focus on the general awfulness of their afternoon.
While Sunday's 10-5 loss to the A's couldn't be completely swept out to the Bay, there was this consolation: a three-city trip that started dreadfully in Kansas City ended, even with Sunday's thud, not horribly with a 5-4 record.
The Yankees (35-33), still very much in the thick of things in the AL East, are off Monday before starting a stretch of 15 straight games against division opponents. The first-place Blue Jays are up first at the Stadium on Tuesday night, with Masahiro Tanaka facing former Patchogue-Medford star Marcus Stroman.
The A's (42-27), who came in ranked second in the majors in runs (341) and third in home runs (77) and on-base percentage (.332) but had been struggling of late at the plate, had 12 hits, including three-run homers by Derek Norris and Coco Crisp, and took a 10-0 lead in the fourth inning. They led by nine runs before the Yankees could get an out in that inning.
Oakland took control early against Vidal Nuño (1-3, 5.90), who was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings and allowed eight hits.
Crisp began the first with a single and went to second on Craig Gentry's infield single. After Nuño struck out Yoenis Cespedes, Norris crushed Nuño's 3-and-1 slider to deep left for his seventh homer and a 3-0 lead.
Kyle Blanks started the second with an infield single and No. 9 hitter Nick Punto followed with a single. That brought up Crisp, who lined Nuño's 2-and-2 slider just over the wall down the leftfield line for his fifth homer and a 6-0 lead.
The A's came in with gaudy offensive numbers but had been held to one or fewer runs in four of their last nine games, going 4-5 in that span. Additionally, they had homered once in their previous five games after homering in 16 straight contests.
The A's knocked out Nuño in the fourth. Blanks led off with his second single and Punto walked. That was enough for Joe Girardi, who brought in rookie Jose Ramirez.
The hard-throwing righthander walked Crisp to load the bases, then hit Gentry in the head with an 81-mph breaking pitch that got away to make it 7-0. Cespedes drove in two more with a single and, after Norris singled and Jed Lowrie lined into a double play, Josh Donaldson snapped a 0-for-33 skid with an RBI single that made it 10-0.
A's righthander Jesse Chavez allowed one run and five hits in six innings in improving to 6-4 with a 2.93 ERA. The one run came in the sixth when Derek Jeter stroked his seventh double of the season and scored with two outs on an opposite-field double by Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees scored two runs in the seventh when Carlos Beltran hit his sixth home run on Ryan Cook's first pitch and Jeter added a sacrifice fly. Brett Gardner added a two-out, two-run homer off Jim Johnson in the ninth.