Despite bringing the game-tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were unable to overcome Masahiro Tanaka's short outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score
Tanaka (7-8) allowed five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, as he failed to win his third start in a row. He gave up a three-run home run to Travis Shaw in the first inning and a solo home run to Stephen Vogt in the second that made it 4-0.
Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run in the Yankees' three-run fourth inning, but the Yankees were unable to score against Milwaukee's bullpen.
After Brett Gardner led off the ninth inning with a walk, Brewers closer Corey Knebel struck out Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez to end the game.
Jimmy Nelson (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for the Brewers.
The Yankees could have used a lockdown performance from Tanaka after the club's comeback/walk-off victory Saturday. Instead, he put the team behind quickly, allowing two more home runs. Unlike Luis Severino the day before, Tanaka was unable to fully recuperate and was lifted in the fifth inning.
It is unfortunate that the Yankees couldn't mount the same comeback despite Frazier's second home run in two days. The Yankees couldn't get it done with runners in scoring position (1-for-16), which despite a potent offense, was a theme for parts of the first half.
The Yanks failed to win any of their final eight series heading into the All-Star break, so it is easy to suggest that the time off couldn't have come at a better time. The break gives the team a chance to completely reset and focus on an important 11-game road trip that begins against division-leading Boston on Friday.
The Yankees will have four days off for the All-Star break before returning to action on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.