It’s hard to beat the best team in the AL, especially when your offense can’t score more than two runs. The Yankees wasted a terrific start from Hiroki Kuroda and a productive night at the plate from Mark Teixeira, losing 5-2 to the Athletics in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
Kuroda pitched his best game of the year, holding the A’s to just one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left with the lead in the seventh inning but a rare meltdown by Dellin Betances allowed the A’s to tie the game. Betances got two quick outs in the eighth inning, but he then walked Alberto Callapso and allowed a double by pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt which brought home the tying run for the visitors.
David Robertson pitched a clean ninth inning, but the rest of the bullpen could not keep the Yankees in the game in extra innings as Adam Warren allowed three runs while getting just one out in the 10th.
Teixeira, who sat out the last two games, was literally the entire Yankees offense. He drove in the first run with a single in the bottom of the first inning and then gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead with a solo homer in the sixth. It was his 351st homer, tying Dick Allen for 89th on the all-time list and passing Chili Davis for sixth-most among switch hitters.
The Yankees offense once again is struggling, having scored three or fewer runs in six straight home games for just the second time in the last 25 seasons (also had a 6-game streak in 2003).
It’s no surprise that the Yankees failed to rally in the bottom of the 10th inning. They are one of just two teams in the majors this year without a walk-off win, along with the Royals.
And we have this gem from the Elias Sports Bureau about the Yankees current three-game losing streak: it is the first time they have lost at home to three different teams over a three-day span since 1915.