NEW YORK -- The Yankees haven't enjoyed the taste of a freshly made walk-off pie in a short while, and though they had their chances on Wednesday, it was Coco Crisp and the Athletics doing the celebrating.
Crisp belted his second homer of the night, a three-run shot off a rusty Rafael Soriano, as Oakland pulled ahead and held on to defeat New York, 6-4, in 10 innings at Yankee Stadium.
"Today wasn't my day -- I left a couple of pitches up," said Soriano, who hadn't appeared in a game since Aug. 16. "I feel good. This is the first time I haven't pitched in a week, but I tried to do my best."
That wasn't good enough for a sellout crowd of 47,271, many of whom streamed for the exits after Crisp's laser landed in the second deck in right field. The rest stuck around and lustily booed the former closer, whose first season in New York has been a trying one.
"He's an aggressive hitter, and we know that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Crisp, who also homered off CC Sabathia in a 4-for-4 showing. "He was aggressive tonight, and he was the guy who beat us."
Crisp said that he guessed slider from Soriano, having seen it previously as a first pitch from the right-hander, and he barreled the ball up.
"It's not something that I should do, because I'm not [usually] successful," Crisp said. "I'm not sure when I've been successful doing that, aside from tonight."
While Soriano got stuck with the loss, the Yankees had other opportunities. Sabathia was clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth inning when Girardi visited the mound, showing no intention of removing his ace despite spotting the tying run at second base in Kurt Suzuki.
"[I came out] just to tell him, 'It's your game, let's go,'" Girardi said. "Let's go get this guy.'"
Sabathia got ahead of Scott Sizemore with two strikes but left a curveball up and saw it laced down the left-field line for an RBI double, ending the left-hander's night.
"You have to make pitches," Sabathia said. "I didn't, and it cost me."
Sabathia didn't have much to hang his head about, not after walking one and striking out seven in a no-decision.
But Sabathia is 1-2 with a 5.72 ERA in his last four starts, and he remained mystified by Sizemore's four-hit night, three of which came off him. Sizemore is now 6-for-10 lifetime with three doubles off the lefty.
"I haven't figured it out yet," Sabathia said. "I gave everything I had to him. Hopefully, I can figure it out soon."
Crisp gave the A's the lead later in the eighth inning, punching a broken-bat single to center field off Dave Robertson.
"He had a tremendous game, homers from both sides of the plate," said Nick Swisher, who also homered twice. "It was crazy; he went up with no batting gloves today. I thought he was trying to change things up a little bit."
The Yankees answered in the eighth off Grant Balfour as Mark Teixeira collected homer No. 35 and his 96th RBI, crushing a game-tying bomb into the right-field bleachers.
But New York went quietly in the ninth against Fautino de los Santos, and though Swisher slugged his second homer in the 10th, it came as the Yankees gasped their last breaths, showing two outs and no one on.
The Yankees didn't enjoy one of their better offensive showings against A's right-hander Trevor Cahill, who held them to two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
"He didn't walk too many guys tonight, and I thought his sinker was outstanding," Girardi said. "He threw some sinkers, and it looked like the bottom fell out of them. That's as good of stuff as we've seen from him."
Derek Jeter laced a run-scoring single in the third inning with birthday boy Brett Gardner aboard, the captain's 3,055th hit, which pulled him even with Rickey Henderson for 21st place on baseball's all-time list and moved him two ahead of Hall of Famer Rod Carew (3,053).
Swisher hit a solo homer in the sixth off Cahill, but the chance the Yankees would rue was in the fourth, after Robinson Cano led off with a double and Swisher walked.
Jorge Posada and Eduardo Nunez grounded out, but Cahill struck Francisco Cervelli out swinging to escape.
"We had a couple of opportunities to score," Jeter said. "You know, guys on third, less than two outs -- we didn't get those guys in. You play close games, you have to find ways to get those guys in."
With the Red Sox winning big in Arlington, on their way to a 13-2 drubbing of the Rangers, the Yankees officially fell out of first place in the American League East as Andruw Jones fanned against Oakland closer Andrew Bailey to end the game.
"I guess you could play the woulda, coulda, shoulda game, but that's not really my style," Swisher said. "We just didn't get it done. We've got to come back tomorrow and get ourselves ready to play, because we don't want to lose another one."