Neil Walker hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
The Yankees rallied from an early deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but neither team could break the tie until Walker came through in the 11th.
Yankees starter Domingo German was knocked around by the A's, giving up six runs in five innings on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.
The righty didn't have the same magic as when he took the mound for his first start, when he threw six no-hit innings with nine strikeouts. He started his day right where he left off in his last start, allowing just one single across the first three innings. But the wheels would fall off in the fourth.
Marcus Semien started the inning with a single, then German walked Matt Joyce. He was able to retire Jed Lowrie but then allowed a three-run home run to Khris Davis. He followed that up with back-to-back walks and both runners would score on a Mark Canha single two batters later, putting the A's ahead 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Thankfully, the Yankees bats ensured he wouldn't be on the hook for a loss. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks hit back-to-back solo home runs in the second inning then Aaron Judge knocked his 11th home run in the fifth, part of a four-run inning.
Both bullpens held strong from the sixth until A's right-hander Chris Hatcher allowed the walk-off hit.
The Yankees offense continues to do its part by scoring seven runs, but it could have been more as the club went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Walker finally delivered the blow the Yankees needed as New York snapped a brief two-game losing streak.
Walker, who got off to a tremendously slow start after missing most of spring training, has been picking it up of late. Including today's effort, Walker is 9-for-25 (.360) since May 3 and he's been a part of numerous rallies of late; this time finishing one off with a big two-out hit.
On the hill, the second go-around for German was very different from the first when he hurled six no-hit innings.
For German, it is likely that there will be some ups and downs while he is in the rotation. German has very good stuff, so it is a matter of becoming consistent and trying to do so for the first time in the majors can be a daunting task. The good news for German is that he should get a good number of chances before Jordan Montgomery is anywhere close to returning.
What's next: The Yankees finish their series with the A's on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before heading to Washington to start a two-game set with the Nationals on Tuesday.