Luis Cessa gave up four runs in four innings as the New York Yankees lost their sixth straight game in a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score
Cessa (0-1) surrendered four runs in the third inning as the Yankees were swept in a series for the first time this season.
With the Yankees up 2-0, Cessa allowed a two-run double to Chad Pinder before Khris Davis hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the A's a 4-2 lead.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, but Jharel Cotton and Oakland's bullpen combined to retire 14 of the final 16 batters.
The Yankees had the tying runner on second base with one out in the ninth inning when Gregorius reached on an error, but Chase Headley struck out and Chris Carter popped out to end the game.
Cotton (4-7) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Riding a high after winning five of six games from AL East opponents, the Yankees were primed to continue their winning ways against "lesser opponents" and were promptly smacked around to the tune of six straight losses. The off-day Monday, will give the Yankees plenty of time to think of ways to put it aside and take advantage of the home field advantage at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees head home with the pitching staff having something to prove. The group needs to figure out a way to hold leads in the middle innings and they have to shutdown opponents after they've scored. The pitching staff did neither during the losing streak and finished the road trip with a 5.68 ERA.
Was this a regression to the mean, or are the Yankees simply not very good on the road? If they do a complete reversal at home this week against the Angels and Rangers, they'll have another seven-game road trip to follow which could tell the entire story.
The Yankees are off Monday and begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday when Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71 ERA) faces Ricky Nolasco (2-8, 5.01 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET.