Dellin Betances allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning as the Yankees lost the series finale to the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score
1) Betances surrendered a leadoff walk to Mitch Haniger, who stole second base. Haniger advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored on Robinson Cano's fielder's choice to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
2) The Yankees scored on Miguel Andujar's RBI double in the first inning and a bases-loaded walk by Andrew McCutchen in the fourth, but went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
3) CC Sabathia allowed two runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, but remained winless for the fourth straight start.
4) Erasmo Ramirez gave up two runs and six hits in five innings for the Mariners.
Highlights from Sunday's game
Miggy things. pic.twitter.com/ixUPCMnFLb- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 9, 2018
The Yankees had their chances to sweep this series, but the offense -- eight runners left on base and 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position -- stalled in this one and it cost them a game in the wild card. The Yankees may have won two out of three games in Seattle, however Oakland has won four games in a row, which has whittled the Yankees' grasp of the top wild card to 2 1/2 games (three in the loss column).
The Yankees, seemingly a lock for the top wild-card spot for several weeks, have been playing inconsistent baseball of late, while the A's have been one of the hottest clubs in the game for over two months. With just 19 games left to play, the Yankees are going to have to get on a run soon, because there doesn't appear to be an end in sight to the Athletics' good fortune.
J.A. Happ (15-6, 3.90 ERA) and the Yankees begin a three-game series against Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins on Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.