OAKLAND -- Walk-off wins are obviously the A's thing this year, but this is getting ridiculous.
They watched All-Star closer Ryan Cook serve up a game-tying homer to the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano in the top of the ninth Friday, only to have Brandon Moss answer with a game-winning single in the bottom half for a heart-stopping 3-2 victory before 24,148 fans at the Oakland Coliseum.
And the beat goes on.
The A's now have a major league-high 10 walk-off wins this season, and they've notched seven in their last 14 home games alone.
They've also taken the first two of this four-game series against the Yankees, who had came to town having won nine straight in Oakland and 30 of their past 37 against the A's overall.
"The thing you've got to remember is, we might not have the names or make all the money, but we're all at the same level," Moss said. "Once you start believing that, you start showing up at the ballpark with a little different attitude. You start believing in yourself."
Earlier in the day, Moss spoke at a boosters' luncheon and joked with the crowd that he had yet to get a whipped cream pie in the face, the postgame tradition for whoever delivers Oakland's walk-off hit.
He got initiated into the club Friday night, with teammate Josh Reddick nailing him with a pie and dousing him with Gatorade.
The winning rally began when Yoenis Cespedes singled off Yankees reliever Cody Eppley with one out, giving
Jonny Gomes followed with an infield single, and Moss cracked the first pitch he saw for a single to right field. Cespedes slid across home with the winning run as his teammates poured out of the dugout.
The A's (49-44) are 12-2 in July, the best mark in the majors, and they are 27-14 since ending a nine-game losing streak June 2.
The only shame for the A's was that starting pitcher Tommy Milone did not walk away with a victory.
The lefty dissected the Yankees' potent lineup for a career-high 10 strikeouts and didn't allow a walk over seven shutout innings. He tied the Oakland record for most strikeouts against New York. Vida Blue whiffed 10 twice in 1971, and Bobby Witt had been the most recent to do it on July 2, 1993.
Jerry Blevins relieved Milone in the eighth and served up a homer to Russell Martin on his second pitch.
Cook came on in the ninth and allowed the game-tying homer to Cano. Cook entered this series not having allowed a homer all season. He's now surrendered two in the past two games.
Reddick continues to coordinate the pies in the face, but he gives credit to the Coliseum staff for keeping a stock of whipped cream near the players' tunnel.
"They've got it out and ready whenever it's the ninth inning," Reddick said. "I don't have to run upstairs."
Eric Sogard was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Pennington's roster spot and was in the lineup Friday.
Pennington said he hurt his elbow while taking extra swings in the batting cage during a four-game series at Texas at the end of June, and the elbow has progressively gotten worse. Pennington was unsure of when he would return.
His injury would seem to increase the chances of the A's at least considering acquiring a shortstop as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
A's general manager Billy Beane has acknowledged he is open to being a "buyer" this trade season with the A's only a half-game out of the American League's second wild-card spot. They trail first-place Texas by 61/2 games in the A.L. West.
Shortstop is an obvious spot the A's would look to upgrade, considering Pennington is hitting .197 with a .259 on-base percentage. Both of those marks were second-worst in the entire league among qualifying players entering the day, and his .282 slugging percentage was rock bottom.
The A's have been linked to Arizona's Stephen Drew and Toronto's Yunel Escobar in speculation. A's manager Bob Melvin was asked before the game how he feels about his current shortstop situation.
"I'm comfortable with what we have here," Melvin said. "(But) if Billy feels like we need to do something differently, I'm certainly on board with that."
"I've never been booed this much in my life," Swisher told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area after that game. "That's all I really got to say about that. ... You boo Chavvy? You boo me? For what?"
Swisher -- a fan favorite while with the A's -- tried to downplay it Friday.
"I'm gonna take the high road on this one," he said. "I'm not gonna let a couple bad apples ruin my opinion of this place and the times I had here. It's been good up until (Thursday) night. Don't talk about my family and stuff like that. It's a little too personal."
N.Y. Yankees (Phil Hughes 9-7) at A's (Jarrod Parker 6-4), 6:05 p.m. CSNCA
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