NEW YORK -- A's outfielder Jonny Gomes did his best sell job when he claimed his team's 14-inning loss Saturday won't leave a lasting mark.
Frankly, there isn't any history to draw on to gauge how the A's might respond after coughing up a four-run lead in the 13th inning and losing a 10-9 heartbreaker to the New York Yankees.
The 5-hour, 43-minute marathon went down as the longest game, in terms of elapsed time, in Oakland history. It also marked the first time in franchise history the A's lost a game in which they led by at least four runs in extra innings.
The Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki scored the winning run in the bottom of the 14th when A's first baseman Brandon Moss booted Eduardo Nunez's bases-loaded grounder for an error with two outs.
Gomes faced reporters in a mostly deserted clubhouse and said the A's will bounce back after dropping their second straight extra-inning contest at Yankee Stadium and their fifth game out of six overall.
"At this point a win's a win and a loss is a loss," Gomes said. "Whether you win by 20 or lose by 20, it really doesn't matter. Our back's not on the wall. (Though) we lost today, the season's not over. It wasn't Game 7 of the World Series."
But it did leave the A's 1-4 on this 10-game trip that includes Sunday's finale in the Bronx and a four-game series at Texas, owner of the American League's best record heading into Saturday night.
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The A's (85-66) have 11 games left, and they'll need to have a short memory of what transpired Saturday, if that's possible.
They hit three homers in a four-run rally during the top of the 13th to forge a 9-5 lead. Gomes delivered a two-run shot off Freddy Garcia, and Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter added second-deck solo shots -- the first time in franchise history the A's have homered three times in an "extra" inning.
Safe cushion, right?
New York answered with a four-run rally of its own in the bottom half of the 13th off Pedro Figueroa and Pat Neshek. Raul Ibanez's second homer of the day, a two-run shot off Neshek, made it 9-9, providing a crowd of 44,026 more drama that it could find in Manhattan's theater district.
"There were so many things over the course of that game that could have made it a different outcome," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Baseball is some kind of game. I don't remember being part of a game like that."
The crazy thing about the A's bullpen meltdown in the 13th was how lights-out the relief corps had been after starter Travis Blackley lasted just two innings.
Jim Miller, Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour and Evan Scribner threw a combined 10 innings and allowed just one run.
By the time the A's went ahead 9-5, Melvin's pitching options were scarce, especially since he wanted to stay away from rookie setup man Sean Doolittle, who had appeared in each of the previous two games and allowed Friday's walk-off homer to Russell Martin.
Melvin began the bottom of the 13th with the lefty Figueroa -- who had just 16 big league appearances under his belt -- and saved the veteran Neshek in case trouble unfolded.
Figueroa allowed three straight singles, and Neshek couldn't stem the tide, allowing one run on a wild pitch and another on a sacrifice fly before Ibanez's tying homer.
A's catcher Derek Norris was asked if it was the craziest game he had been a part of.
"Craziest? No," he replied. "Most aggravating? Yes."
He said he was thrown off by a balk call by second base umpire Larry Vanover on a pickoff throw to first base.
"I wish there was a little more clarity in the rules," Blackley said. "Sometimes I get called for a balk and sometimes I don't. And he doesn't even have a view of it from there. He's behind me."
But the journeyman also said he simply never found his rhythm in his first outing at Yankee Stadium.
He did hit two liners right at people, including a bases-loaded shot in the 11th that first baseman Steve Pearce made a diving catch on.
But Reddick, who leads the A's in homers (29) and RBIs (79), is in a 12-for-83 (.145) slump over his past 20 games and has seen his average drop to .245. With leadoff man/center fielder Coco Crisp missing his fifth game out of the past six with pink eye, that's two key players the A's aren't getting production from.