O’s score two against Mariano, steal 2-1 victory from Yankees

Some losses are tough to get worked up about. Teams shouldn’t win 1-0 ball games. That’s a function of luck more than anything else. For that reason I don’t get too worked up over 2-1 losses when the Yankees only had a 1-0 lead. If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.

By extension, the same logic applies to those rare occurrences when Mariano Rivera can’t hold down a save. Mo is greatest of all time, but that superlative ability doesn’t make him invincible. Mo gets the job done so often that I don’t get upset when he blows a save. Other closers do it far more frequently. Mo does it once in a blue moon.When it happens you have to shrug your shoulders and move on.

That’s the summary of Sunday’s game. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning, handing the ball over to Rivera. Mo has been excellent this year (but his 1.29 WHIP indicates that he hasn’t been as solid as many might expect) but this was one of the days when he wasn’t. He allowed three hits including a two run home run off the bat of Adam Jones. Ball game.

The blown save undid a stellar performance from Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda gave the Yankees seven innings of shutout baseball. He handed things over to David Robertson who was perfect in the eighth. Other than that, there wasn’t much to report. The Yankees managed just six hits and the lone run was an RBI off Eduardo Nunez‘s bat.

The loss snaps the Yankees six game winning streak and puts them a half game behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot in the AL. The Yankees have to keep going. Monday night Phil Hughes faces off against the Royals.