Yankees RHP Luis Severino suffered his first loss since April after giving up two runs and five hits in five innings in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.
Severino (9-2) allowed ran into trouble with two outs in the fifth inning, giving up a single to Jose Reyes and then a two-run home run to Todd Frazier that broke a scoreless tie.
"When you have two strikes, you have to make a good pitch,'' Severino said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin. "You've got to throw that slider in the dirt. It wasn't a bad pitch, but he can do that on that pitch. He can get a slider.''
Since giving up a season-high five runs in five innings in a loss to the Boston Red Sox on April 10, Severino went 7-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 10 starts. His streak of 10 consecutive quality starts was snapped on Sunday.
Coming off a 10-strikeout outing against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Severino struggled from the get-go. He walked two batters but came out unscathed in a 31-pitch first inning.
He retired the side in order in the second inning but gave up singles in the third and fourth innings.
In the fifth, Reyes hit an 0-1 slider to right field to bring up Frazier, who fell behind 0-2, checked his swing on the fourth pitch of the at-bat and then lined an 88 mph slider over the left-center field fence.
"There are going to be times over the course of the year that we are going to ride him deeper,'' manager Aaron Boone said of Severino's shortest outing since April. "I thought it was a little harder for him tonight. … I certainly felt like he had a little more in the tank to potentially give us the sixth, but also taking a long view of things I don't want to get caught in that every time it's Houston and he is rolling and we are going to push him through to the ninth."