Jonathan Holder allowed two runs in the eighth inning as the Yankees lost to the Athletics, 7-6, on Friday night. Luis Severino struggled in the second inning, allowing four runs, but settled down the rest of the way. Those were the only runs he gave up over six innings. >> Box score
Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 23rd home run of the season and Chris Carter added his eighth homer in the loss. Judge went 2-for-3 with a triple and two walks as his average sits at .339.
Starlin Castro added to the Yankees' lead in the seventh inning with a single to score Judge. Ronald Torreyes picked up two hits as he started in place of Didi Gregorius.
Chasen Shreve allowed one run in one inning of relief.
Rob Refsnyder got the start in left field and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in place of Brett Gardner. Mason Williams went 1-for-4 with a run scored as he made his 2017 debut in place of Aaron Hicks.
Hicks and Gary Sanchez are listed as day-to-day after suffering injuries in Thursday's loss to Oakland.
The Yankees will continue their series in Oakland on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
The Yankees' road woes have returned on this west coast trip. The Yankees got off to a slow start on the road early in the season and then managed to push their record above .500 outside of New York. Now, four straight road losses (the Yankees' first four-game losing streak of the season) puts the club record away from Yankee Stadium at 16-18.
Postseason contending clubs have to find a way to stay above the .500 mark on the road and dominate at home. The Yankees have succeeded in their home ballpark with an American League best 22-9 home record, but they must do a better job on the road if they expect to stay in the playoff hunt. If the Yankees can manage to win the last two games of the series, they will still finish with a disappointing 3-4 record for the trip, but it might erase the poor taste in their mouths as they head to friendlier confines.