Brandon Moss opened the 5th inning with a homerun off of Hiroki Kuroda. Six innings later, he opened the 10th with a homerun off of Adam Warren in a three-run frame that would put the Oakland Athletics ahead of the Yankees, as they beat the Bombers, 5-2, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium on the opener of a three-game series.
The Yankees wasted a good start by Kuroda, some good defense, finally, and managed to score only two runs -- they have only scored 10 runs in their past five games, and no more than two in each of them -- as they lost another close game in which they were leading late.
Kuroda delivered a much needed quality start on the bump, giving up just one runs on two hits in 6.2 innings, picking up just his 5th win of the season, the Yankees' second victory in their last five games. Teixeira also had a good game in his first start in the lineup after missing the past two games because of wrist soreness.
Teixeira put the Yankees on the board quickly in the 1st inning against A's starter Scott Kazmir with an RBI single. Brett Gardner started the inning with a single, and after Derek Jeter struck out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled ahead of Teixeira, who lined a single to right field to score Gardner.
Kuroda took a shutout into the 5th inning before Moss opened the inning with a solo blast to tie the game up at 1-1, the first of his two homers. Alas, that was the only run given up by Kuroda in this one.
The Yankees would end up taking the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning on Teixeira's solo shot, his team-leading 10th homerun of the season, giving them a 2-1 advantage, until Dellin Betances gave the game-tying run in the 8th inning.
Betances struck out --shocker, right -- the only batter he faced in the 7th, the recorded te first two outs of the 8th -- one of them a strikeout -- before walking Alberto Callaspo and giving up a double to Stephen Vogt that landed in the right-center field gap, bringing Callaspo around to tie the game, 2-2.
Betances finished off the 8th, then handed the ball to David Robertson in the 9th, and he tossed a scoreless inning two days after blowing the save against the Twins on Sunday. But the Yankees didn't make it very far into extra innings before things fell apart yet again.
Moss' homerun was just the beginning of the three-run inning off of Warren, who endured, probably, his worst outing of the season. Following the long ball, he walked Yoenis Cespedes, gave up an RBI double to Jed Lawrie, which made it a 4-2 game, then two batters later, served up a single to John Jaso that brought in the third run, pushing the lead to 5-2.
The Yankees have now dropped three in a row, and four of their last five, as things just continue to go wrong for the team that is finding new ways to disappoint me each and every day.