For the first time all season, the Yankees lost a game with a lead after eight innings, falling to the Rays, 5-4, Monday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Monday's game
1) Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the Yankees as the closer allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, before striking out the next two batters to bring up Travis d'Arnaud. The Rays catcher had already homered twice and after falling behind in the count, d'Arnaud lifted a 3-2 slider into right field to give the Rays a 5-4 lead.
2) Edwin Encarnacion provided the firepower for the Bombers on Monday, homering twice, including the go-ahead two-run moonshot off reliever Andrew Kittredge in the eighth inning to put the Yankees up 4-2. The right-handed slugger also homered off Blake Snell, the only run the southpaw allowed, with a solo shot in the fourth.
3) James Paxton turned in another strong start on Monday, but it was d'Arnaud, the new Yankee-killer, who haunted Paxton by hitting two solo home runs off the left-hander -- the only two runs he gave up. Otherwise, Paxton worked with ease through the Rays lineup, allowing seven hits, two walks and striking out seven over six innings. He ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a base hit and walk with one out, but stayed in the game to get Kevin Kiermaier to strike out swinging and Guillermo Heredia to hit a soft liner to short to end the threat.
4) Gio Urshela, fresh off manufacturing three runs for the Yankees on Sunday, followed with a game-tying home run in the seventh inning off Emilio Pagan on Monday. The third baseman had cooled off after he unexpectedly burst onto the scene earlier this season, but has recaptured some of that magic in the last two games.
5) Chad Green turned in another strong outing, allowing one hit over two innings out of the bullpen. Green has emerged back into a reliable arm since his early season struggles, allowing just two earned runs in his last 22.1 innings pitched.
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The Yankees and Rays return to the Bronx on Tuesday as CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.03 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Bombers while Tampa has yet to name a starter. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.