OAKLAND -- Second baseman Robinson Cano's hit streak reached 22 games at an opportune time Thursday night, in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 loss the A's at the Oakland Coliseum.
Eleven Yankees in a row had been retired when the sixth began. Derek Jeter started the frame with a single off A's rookie right-hander A.J. Griffin, and Cano came through with the third single of the inning as the Yankees built their first rally of the night. New York plated two in the frame, cutting Oakland's lead in half to 4-2.
Cano's single came on a liner to left on a 1-0, 89-mph fastball that Griffin threw belt-high to the inside corner.
Cano entered the night hitting .402 (33-for-82) during his career-long hit streak. Just three Yankees have had hit streaks longer than 21 games since Joe DiMaggio's record 56 in 1941: Joe Gordon (29 games, 1942), Derek Jeter (25 games, 2006) and Don Mattingly (24 games, 1986).
Cano reached base on a fielder's choice in his first at-bat, on a line drive to Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes dropped the ball and was ruled to have not made a catch. With runners on first and second to start the play, that set up a forceout at third base, and allowed Cano to reach. Cano finished the night 1-for-4.