Though he made Yankees history by becoming the third player in franchise history to strike out 500 batters before turning 25, RHP Luis Severino had his worst outing of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Severino allowed season-highs of seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings, suffering his second loss since mid-April.
Since starting the season with a 1.98 ERA, Severino has a 7.80 ERA over his last three outings, going no more than five innings and allowing at least three runs in each start.
After a miscommunication Monday night with Gary Sanchez led to a passed ball -- and Sanchez's lack of hustle led to Jake Bauers scoring from second base -- Severino settled down, joining Al Downing and Lefty Gomez as the only Yankees to record 500 strikeouts before their 25th birthdays.
But he ran into trouble again in the fifth inning. Kevin Kiermaier singled with one out and Matt Duffy followed with another single on a hit-and-run to bring up Bauers, who crushed a 1-1 slider 378 feet to right field to turn a 1-1 game into a 4-1 deficit.
After the Yankees scored twice in the top of the sixth, Severino came out for the bottom half and promptly allowed a solo homer to Daniel Robertson, making it the third straight start in which Severino has allowed two home runs.
He was unable to escape further trouble, allowing a double and single before he was pulled in favor of Chad Green, who allowed both inherited runners to score.