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Yankees 5, Athletics 10: New York can’t overcome bad pitching

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This is a game to forget.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Sonny Gray faced his former team for the first time tonight, and they bested him. After two good outings in a row, he was hit hard tonight, giving up five earned runs off of nine hits. The Yankees trailed the Athletics all game. Though the offense was able to chip away at the deficit, Oakland pulled further ahead every time the Yankees tacked on a run. New York has now lost two games in a row for the first time in a full month.

After a clean first inning, the game got away from Gray in a hurry in the second. Khris Davis led off with a home run to center. Matt Olson singled, then Matt Chapman homered to give the Athletics an early 3-0 lead. Gray was the victim of some bad luck in the third inning. Marcus Semien hit an infield single, then Matt Joyce looped a ball past a diving Gleyber Torres. That moved Semien to third, and Jed Lowrie brought him home on a bloop hit into shallow left. Chapman walked to load the bases, but Gray induced a fly out to escape the jam.

Gray made it through the fourth and fifth innings unscathed. However, his pitch count was approaching 100, so David Hale took over in the sixth. With two outs, Lowrie hit a fly ball to right that just stayed inside the foul pole for a home run. The seventh inning started with a double off the bat of Matt Olson, but Hale was able to get out of the inning without surrendering another run. Inexplicably, Aaron Boone sent Hale back out for the eighth inning and he gave up solo shot to Matt Joyce to make it a 7-5 game.

Kendall Graveman has been roughed up this year, but he didn’t surrender the eight runs Yankees fans were hoping for. The Yankees weren’t able to get to him until the bottom of the third when Torres homered into the visitor’s bullpen. They tacked on a few more runs in the fifth to cut Oakland’s lead to just one run. Miguel Andujar reached on a fielding error by Semien, Brett Gardner worked a two-out walk, then Aaron Judge hit a dinger to right field.

The Yankees had a chance to crack the game wide open in the seventh inning. Still trailing by just two runs, Andujar and Austin Romine hit back-to-back singles off Ryan Dull. Torres decided to drop a bunt, and did move the runners over. After Gardy worked his third walk of the night, Aaron Judge was up with the bases loaded. Lou Trivino walked Judge to force in a run and make it a 6-5 game. Unfortunately, ice cold Didi Gregorius hit a shallow fly ball for the second out, and Giancarlo Stanton popped out to end the inning.

David Robertson took over for Hale in the ninth, and just didn’t have his best stuff tonight. He issued walks to Chapman and Mark Canha, then Dustin Fowler reached on ground ball. Semien hit a bases-clearing double to put the game out of reach. Not that the Yankees had a rally in their bones, anyway. With one out, and Gardner on base, Judge grounded into a double play to end the game.

The Yankees have yet to lose three games in a row this season, and Domingo German will try to keep it that way tomorrow. He is set to take the mound opposite of Andrew Triggs at 1:05 ET on YES.