Yankees bats fall dormant as win streak ends with loss to Mariners
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The Yankees leaned on their ability to come back to win the first three games of their series against the Mariners.
On Sunday, their offense stayed dormant for a full nine innings.
The Yankees had plenty of chances to change that but could never come up with the big hit, snapping their five-game winning streak with a 2-0 loss to the Mariners in The Bronx.
Missing one of their big bats in Anthony Rizzo, who tested positive for COVID-19 after Saturday’s game, the Yankees mustered six hits, went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
The Yankees twice brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but DJ LeMahieu grounded out and Aaron Judge struck out looking to end the game.
Luke Voit, who was activated off the injured list before the game to replace Rizzo, had a rough first day back. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving the bases loaded in the third inning and stranding two more runners with a pop-out in the fifth.
The Yankees (61-50) lost for only the third time in their last 13 games, missing a chance to complete the sweep and wasting five more shutout innings from rookie right-hander Luis Gil.
The Mariners (59-54) finally broke the scoreless stalemate in the eighth inning off Lucas Luetge. After Abraham Toro reached on a fielding error by third baseman Rougned Odor and Luetge walked Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager roped a ground-rule double to right field for the 1-0 lead.
Luetge came back to strike out the next two batters — including Jarred Kelenic, who was ejected for arguing the call — but Cal Raleigh followed with a single to left field. Two runs appeared to score but the Yankees challenged the second and got the call reversed — a strong throw from Joey Gallo nabbed Seager at the plate — to keep the deficit to 2-0.
Gil, who dazzled in his MLB debut Tuesday with six shutout innings against the Orioles, was called back up Sunday to make another start in place of Gerrit Cole (COVID-19). The 23-year-old wasn’t quite as efficient in his second start, but still came through with five shutout innings on two hits and two walks while striking out eight.
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