OAKLAND — Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and the A's beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Moss' power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third straight decision. Straily allowed three hits and two runs in 6²⁄³ strong innings.
Moss hit his 10th homer in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected twice April 29 against the Angels. Of his five hits over 40 at-bats in his last 19 games, all are home runs.
John Jaso added an RBI double and a run-scoring single in Oakland's 10th consecutive home victory. The A's (40-27) won for the 20th time in 25 games and are off to their best start since 1990.
Prior to the game, from some 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, Mo., 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Into the glove of A's reliever Ryan Cook, in Oakland. It was all made possible by a telerobotic pitching machine, and is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches. LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games.
Also, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera posed as a pizza delivery man pregame and surprised longtime A's employee Julie Vasconcellos by visiting her in the mail room where she has worked going on 25 years. The 43-year-old Rivera said this is the most creative display of appreciation yet during his farewell tour before he heads into retirement after his 19th major league season.