Crisp homered from both sides of the plate during a four-hit, five-RBI effort for the A’s, who have won four of five, including the first two meetings in this three-game set.
Scott Sizemore also went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Oakland’s win, which was credited to Fautino De Los Santos (2-0) for tossing a perfect ninth.
Nick Swisher homered twice, and Mark Teixeira added a game-tying solo blast in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough as New York lost for the third time in four games to fall one game behind AL East-leading Boston.
Soriano (2-2) gave up a pair of one-out singles in the 10th before fanning Jemile Weeks. The set-up man went with a breaking ball on his first pitch to the left-handed-hitting Crisp, and the hanger was crushed into the second deck in right.
“[Soriano] threw [a slider], I reacted and I caught the barrel,” recalled Crisp, whose homer snapped Oakland’s string of 10 straight series losses to the Yankees.
Andrew Bailey surrendered a solo homer to Swisher in the bottom half before finishing off his second straight save and 18th of the season.
Crisp hit CC Sabathia’s third pitch of the game over the left-field wall for the early lead, but the Yankees tied things in the third when Brett Gardner singled, stole second and scored on Derek Jeter’s base hit to center.
The Yankees went ahead on Swisher’s solo shot in the sixth, and appeared ready to even the series before Sabathia hit a rough patch in the eighth.
Kurt Suzuki led off the frame with a single and Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a brief visit to the mound after a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner into scoring position for Sizemore, who had doubled and singled off Sabathia in their first two encounters.
The pep talk didn’t work, as Sizemore doubled to the left-field wall on an 0-2 pitch, bringing in Suzuki with the tying run.
“Tonight was totally my fault. It was a 2-1 game in the eighth with the lead, and it was time for me to shut it down,” Sabathia said. “It just didn’t work out.”
David Robertson relieved Sabathia and walked Weeks on five pitches before Crisp dribbled one up the middle to knock in Sizemore. Robertson limited the damage by getting Hideki Matsui on a line drive to short for an unassisted double play.
Teixeira made it 3-3 just five pitches into the bottom half, taking a Grant Balfour offering over the wall in right-center for his 35th home run of the year.