Coco Crisp is not a power hitter, but it would be difficult to convince the NY Yankees of that after what he accomplished in Oakland's 6-4 win Wednesday night.
Make that twice. Crisp launched a solo shot in the opening inning against C.C. Sabathia, to start a perfect night at the plate - 4-for-4 with a walk - which ended with Crisp's second home run, a booming, 3-run, game winning stroke to right field in the top of the 10th.
Crisp drove in five of the A's six runs, including the go-ahead run in the 8th with a single, though the 3-2 lead was quickly erased when Mark Teixeira belted his 35th home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Sabathia was seeking his 18th win, but did not earn a decision. The loss dropped the Yankees a full game behind Boston in the AL East devision. The Red Sox pounded the Rangers, 13-2.
The New York Mets scored four runs in the first inning and seven over the first five innings to avoid being swept by the Phillies, winning the series finale, 7-4.
Wracked by injuries all season long, the Mets have had to go deep into their bench and farm system to field a competitive team. The latest star is first baseman Nick Evans, who has played in only 27 games this season, but went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the victory.
After Lucas Duda got the Mets started with a run in the first inning on a bases-loaded fielder's choice, Evans picked up the remaining baserunners with a three-run homer, just his second of the season and drove in another run with a double in the fifth.
Still, the win snapped a five-game losing streak and left the Mets hopelessly out of any pennant race, 22 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.
The Phillies maintained their 6 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the division, as Atlanta fell to the Cubs, 3-2.