Luis Severino pitched his worst game of the season and the Yankees' rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Severino (14-3) suffered his first loss since June 10 as the Yankees fell to 1-2 in the second half of the season. He allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings.
2) The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the seventh to pull within one. After loading the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball in the first inning allowed Jake Bauers to score from second base, hit into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.
3) Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-4 with a two-run single in the seventh inning that made it 7-6. Since June 24, Stanton has a .391 batting average with five home runs and 17 RBIs.
4) With the game tied at 1, Severino gave up a three-run home run to Bauers in the fifth inning that made it 4-1. After the Yankees scored twice in the top of the sixth, the Rays scored three times in the bottom half on a Daniel Robertson solo homer, Jesus Sucre RBI single and Matt Duffy RBI fielder's choice. The last two runs were charged to Severino after Chad Green inherited a two-on, no-out jam.
Highlights from Monday's game
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When do we begin to worry about Severino?
The Yankees' ace has now turned in three straight less-than-stellar starts with this one a complete dud. Severino had been cruising through his first 18 starts working on an ERA of 1.98 and allowing just six home runs in a span of 118 1/3 innings. However, Severino has allowed two homers in each of his last three games and his ERA has risen to 2.63 in the process.
Severino had some swing and miss action in this game (eight strikeouts), which was unlike his previous couple of starts (just six strikeouts total), however he left a couple balls in the hitter's happy zone and they didn't miss. Severino's slider did not have the bite it has for much of the year and one has to wonder if he's tiring out after a career-high workload last season (209 1/3 innings including the postseason) and averaging over 6 1/3 innings per start this season.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) and the Yankees face the Rays in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.