Khris Davis hits first home run of the month, A.J. Puk debuts in Athletics' win over Yankees

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's took game two and a series win from the New York Yankees, 6-4, on Wednesday night.

Most notably, top A's prospect A.J. Puk made his Major League debut in the eighth inning with the A's ahead by two runs. A little off on his control, Puk was clearly a little hopped up on debut adrenaline. His fastball topped out at 100 mph, but he walked the first batter he faced, Mike Tauchman. Jurickson Profar's spectacular catch of Cameron Maybin's fly out saved a hit, but Mike Ford hit a 110 mph single off Puk's 99 mph fastball to put runners on the corners.

Liam Hendriks relieved him, and kept Puk's 0.00 ERA intact by striking out DJ LeMahiue and Aaron Judge to end the threat and preserve the lead.

Khris Davis snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a go-ahead two-run home run, going the opposite way on a 3-2 fastball off J.A. Happ. It was Davis' first home run since July 30, his second since June 18.

The A's hit two more home runs against the Yankees, the first off Marcus Semien's bat -- his 22nd of the season off Happ's lazy slider. Stephen Piscotty hit the A's third, an opposite-field job to give the A's a 6-2 lead in the sixth.

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But the Yankees were able to extract Mike Fiers from his start after 5.2 innings -- he'd walked three and struck out four on just 82 pitches, allowing a run in the first inning.

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