- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A partial power outage with the outfield lights at the Oakland Coliseum put a small shadow over the Athletics and the New York Yankees on Saturday night.

Scott Kazmir and the A’s never gave the Yankees offense any kind of daylight when play resumed.

Kazmir pitched another gem and two relievers pitched perfect ball the rest of the way as the A’s handed the Yankees a 5-1 loss following the Oakland Coliseum’s latest maintenance problem.

The game was stopped for 38 minutes in the middle of the fourth inning because of an outage to the panel of lights above left field. The A’s said the circuit breaker turned off and had to be manually reset, while players from both sides said that the lights never initially turned on.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he first noticed the issue in the second inning but didn’t mention it to umpires.

“I was saying something to our guys, you know, ‘Are those lights always off?’” Girardi said. “They were never on, which makes me wonder why someone didn’t notice who is here every day.”

New York’s four-game winning streak ended because of its own errors. Two passed balls by backup catcher John Ryan Murphy, who was inserted in the lineup after Mark Teixeira was scratched with what he called a spasm in his midback, helped Oakland score twice in the fifth.

But the delay surely didn’t help Hiroki Kuroda (4-5), who compared the stoppage to a rain delay. He allowed four runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. That included a perfect fourth after the delay before he lost his rhythm in the fifth - and so did his catcher.

“The fact that I couldn’t protect (the lead) was really frustrating,” Kuroda said.

Kazmir (8-2) allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings for his third straight win. Dan Otero pitched two perfect innings before Sean Doolittle closed out the Yankees in the ninth.

Kazmir stayed warm in the clubhouse during the delay and then threw a simulated inning in the bullpen, which wrapped up just as the lights came back on.

“It worked out perfectly,” Kazmir said.

Brian McCann was switched from catcher to first base after the Yankees took Teixeira out about 30 minutes before the game. Murphy moved into the catcher’s spot.

Sogard walked, advanced to second on Coco Crisp’s single and moved to third on Murphy’s first passed ball. Sogard scored on John Jaso’s groundout, and Crisp came home on Murphy’s second passed ball to put the A’s up 4-1.

After being held out of Friday night’s game to rest his sore right ankle, Sogard came through at the plate and in the field.

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