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Yankees' offensive struggles continue as A's win in 10

Dellin Betances of the Yankees reacts after surrendering

Dellin Betances of the Yankees reacts after surrendering a run in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

In the eighth inning, Dellin Betances proved he is human after all, bringing the focus back where it belonged.

The Yankees still can't score, tallying two runs in a third straight game.

Any surprise they've lost all three?

The latest installment of Deadwood was Tuesday night against the A's, a 5-2 loss in 10 innings in front of 41,677 at the Stadium.

"We've been struggling the last week or so," said Brett Gardner, who went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. "We need to get out of it."

Brandon Moss, who homered in the fifth off Hiroki Kuroda, hit a leadoff homer off Adam Warren -- Moss's 15th -- in the 10th to snap a 2-2 tie.

"It was a backdoor slider and it caught the middle of the plate," Warren said.

It was the fifth loss in seven games for the Yankees (29-28), who again got little going offensively. They managed seven hits against lefty Scott Kazmir and four relievers, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

"Sooner or later it will be fine," said Alfonso Soriano, "because we have a lot of good hitters here."

Soriano of late has not been one of them, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, dropping him to zero for his last 16.

"I need to work on my timing," he said.

After the Moss homer, Yoenis Cespedes walked and Jed Lowrie's double brought him in to make it 4-2. Kyle Blanks' RBI single off Warren (1-3) made it t 5-2.

The AL-best A's (36-22) improved to 17-7 in their last 24 games.

Protecting a 2-1 lead -- courtesy of Mark Teixeira's homer in the sixth and an outstanding start by Kuroda -- Betances came on with two outs in the seventh and struck out Moss.

It was the 57th strikeout for the 6-8 righthander, compared with eight walks.

Betances retired the first two batters in the eighth. But he walked Alberto Callaspo and fell behind the lefthanded hitting Stephen Vogt, a pinch hitter. After a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Betances got the count full before Vogt lined a 96-mph fastball into the gap in right-center for an RBI double that tied it at 2.

"It's definitely tough because Hiro went out there and he had a great performance," said Betances, who had not walked a batter in his previous 10 appearances. "I felt like I was one pitch away from giving the ball to D-Rob . I definitely let the team down today."

For a while it appeared as if the story would be almost entirely about Kuroda and Teixeira, who missed the previous two games with soreness in his surgically repaired wrist. Batting righthanded, he snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out homer to left off Kazmir in the sixth, giving him a club-high 10 homers and 27 RBIs.

Kuroda allowed just two hits, one of them Moss' homer, and one walk with two strikeouts in 61/3 innings. The A's entered the game leading the AL in runs (296) and second in homers (66).

Kazmir allowed two runs and six hits in 61/3 innings.

"You just have to keep running them out there and they have to get the job done," Joe Girardi said of his offense. "That's the bottom line. We've had different people in the lineup and everyone's had a shot and we'll continue to try and put out what we feel are the best matchups against certain people and we have to get it done."

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