Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.
2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.
3) Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (7-7) struck out 12 batters and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings, throwing his 16th straight quality start.
4) The Yankees scored twice in the third inning when Jeff McNeil's errant throw allowed Giancarlo Stanton to reach on a fielder's choice and Austin Romine to score, and on an Aaron Hicks RBI single. But Severino surrendered a two-run shot to Bautista in the fourth inning that put the Mets ahead for good.
5) Miguel Andujar's two-run homer off Seth Lugo cut the deficit to two, but the tying batter in Gleyber Torres flew out to center to end the eighth inning.
6) Monday's game was a make-up game from a July 22 rainout.
Highlights from Monday's game
Severino's issues have most certainly reached worrisome territory, while Aaron Boone's managerial skills remain there.
Severino, who was decent in his last outing after five straight poor starts before it, turned in another clunker and it came at a time the club needed him to be at his best with deGrom on the mound for the Mets. Severino couldn't uphold his end of the deal, but the Yankees were still down by just a run through five innings.
Instead of bringing in one of the better relievers in the Yankees bullpen for the sixth inning, Boone went to Cole, who had allowed runs in four of his previous seven appearances. Worse, Boone stuck with Cole after not one, not two, but three home runs, only pulling him after a walk following the final homer.
Boone has continuously bungled bullpen moves. Here, knowing deGrom would not come close to finishing this game, it would have been as simple as extending Chad Green, who was rested threw just 14 pitches in the fifth inning and then shift to the endgame relievers. Or, Boone could have gone straight to the endgame relievers. Managers refusing to try to keep one-run games close because they are losing is shortsighted and Boone consistently sits in the trap.
J.A. Happ (12-6, 4.07 ERA) and the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at home on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.