The Yankees chipped away at a 4-0 deficit -- partly thanks to Didi Gregorius' two-run homer -- but fell short, 4-3, in the second game of a three-game series against the Tigers on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
CC Sabathia allowed four runs -- including two home runs -- and walked one and struck out three in six innings. He suffered his fourth loss of the season. Adam Warren and David Robertson combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief for New York.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez limited the Yankees to two runs in six and 2/3 innings and the Tigers' bullpen never allowed an earned run.
Gregorius' homer came on a night when he had two hits and three RBIs. Gary Sanchez also had two hits and scored two runs for the Yankees, while Matt Holliday added two hits. Brett Gardner got on base twice and stole two bases.
The Yankees offense is going to be leaned on at various times over the next two months. The reality is the Yankees rotation can be very good, but they also can be inconsistent. Tonight the offense fell just short of covering for an uneven start from Sabathia.
Sabathia was able to navigate six innings tonight with minimal control and the lack of a solid put away pitch. The effort was impressive in that he made it that far after allowing four runs in the first three innings.
However, the damage was done and tonight the Yankees offense was supplied by just one person, Gregorius. The rest of the offense failed to come through in various situations throughout the game, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, eventually stranding the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning.
The Yankees and Tigers wrap up their series on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Detroit's Jordan Zimmerman (6-8, 5.69 ERA) will face Masahiro Tanaka (8-9, 5.09 ERA)