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Yankees 5, Rangers 11: Disappointment deep in the heart of Texas

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Everything was going great for the Yankees until suddenly, it wasn’t.

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The Yankees got out to a great start against the Rangers to kick off their series from Arlington. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to sustain that good start for the entire game and ended up losing a fairly lopsided affair.

Masahiro Tanaka struggled through four innings, surrendering seven runs on eight hits. His night was undone on several well-hit balls by the Rangers, but only one of them left the park. Homers have generally been a big problem for Tanaka this season, but that wasn’t his issue tonight. Neither were free passes, as he didn’t walk a single batter. It was doubles and strung together hits with a dash of wild pitch on top.

The Yankees jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Texas ever got on the scoreboard. Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Matt Holliday to open scoring in the second inning, and a Todd Frazier hit by pitch brought another run home. Gary Sanchez plated two more runs with a single. Texas got one back on a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, but Didi Gregorius connected on a solo home run of his own to make it 5-1.

Everything then unraveled in a big way for New York. They didn’t score a single run after the third inning. Honestly, they weren’t even particularly threatening. Martin Perez and the Rangers bullpen largely held them in check while Texas’ offense poured it on.

For some reason, Joe Girardi turned to the underside of his bullpen in a two-run game after Texas went ahead 7-5. Although the Yankees didn’t manage to put any runs on the board, the game was still winnable at that point. Caleb Smith failed to record an out before surrendering three runs that pretty much put any hope of a comeback to bed.

The Red Sox beat up on the Rays, bringing the Yankees’ deficit in the AL East to 4.5 games again. The Twins, who the Yankees are trying to stay in front of for the first Wild Card, won their game to bring New York’s lead down to just 1.5 games in those standings. The team has let a couple really valuable opportunities slip away in the last several days.

Looking for a silver lining? Luis Severino gets the start for the Yankees tomorrow. He has been a bright spot all year, and will hopefully be able to get them back in the win column. The game starts at 1:05 pm and can be seen on FOX.