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Yankees use long ball to beat Athletics, take 2-1 series lead

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  • Kyle Evans 

Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rizzo went deep as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the third game of a four-game series.

New York (17-8) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, Oakland (9-16) cut it to two in the sixth inning, but the Yankees tacked on a pair of runs, and the bullpen locked it down.

Everyone in the starting lineup reached base for the Yankees except for Oswaldo Cabrera. Anthony Volpe, Judge, Rizzo, and Austin Wells each had two-hit games. Volpe had a run-scoring triple, while Soto and Alex Verdugo added sacrifice flies.

Clarke Schmidt threw five shutout innings but then ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a three-run shot to Brent Rooker. Luke Weaver and Ian Hamilton combined for 3.2 scoreless in relief of Schmidt.

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The Yankees will try to take three of four from the Athletics on Thursday with Nestor Cortes on the mound. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.