The Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to tie it in the ninth on DJ LeMahieu's three-run homer, but it wasn't enough.
PHILADELPHIA — Not even a dramatic home run is enough for the Yankees these days.
For a second consecutive game, the Yankees came up short with Aroldis Chapman on the mound, this time in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Phillies, as they wasted DJ LeMahieu’s game-tying, three-run homer in the top of the ninth.
“We’re not into moral victories,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of the defeat that followed the comeback. “The compete of the guys is excellent. The offense is waking up. We’ve got to continue.”
Chapman came on in the 10th, following his disastrous outing on Thursday in Minnesota, when his fastball lacked its usual life. This time, pinch-hitter Travis Jankowski led off with a bunt against the closer, with extra runner Ronald Torreyes at second base.
Chapman, whose velocity was back Saturday, said he wanted to throw to third, but no one covered and he threw high to first, allowing Jankowski to reach on the error.
After Odubel Herrera popped out, Jean Segura won it with a hard grounder to third.
Gio Urshela made a diving stop on the play, but his throw home was late and wide, giving the Phillies a walkoff win for a third straight game.
The game went to the 10th when Chad Green struck out Torreyes to end the bottom of the ninth with runners on the corners after Gleyber Torres made a terrific diving grab of Alec Bohm’s grounder up the middle for a force out. Bryce Harper, who led off the inning with a double, would have scored the winning run on the play if it got through.
The Yankees had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth before Hector Neris recovered from the LeMahieu homer to strike out Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to keep the game tied.
“I like the way we competed the last two [games],’’ LeMahieu said. “We didn’t get the win. I know the results are gonna come.”
“We’re trying to roll out W’s now,’’ LeMahieu said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. When we don’t, it’s frustrating.”
The Yankees’ day started rough, when Jameson Taillon couldn’t get out of the first inning, and they received more bad news when Luis Severino was forced out of his minor league rehab start with a right groin injury that will delay his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
With the loss (in front of an announced crowd of 38,450), the Yankees, who have lost five of seven, dropped to a season-worst 7 ½ games behind the first place Rays.
Taillon put the Yankees in a huge hole, as his underwhelming first season with the club continued.
The right-hander started the game by allowing four straight singles and a walk as he gave up four runs in an outing Taillon called “embarrassing” and “humiliating.”
The Yankees got back into the game in the second, when Gary Sanchez belted his eighth homer of the season with one out, a solo shot to left-center. With two out, Miguel Andujar singled to center and scored on a Brett Gardner triple down the right field line.
Nestor Cortes, Jr. pitched well in relief of Taillon, allowing just one run over 3 ²/₃ innings. The Yankees had a chance to pull closer in the fifth, but with runners at first and third and one out, Judge and Torres struck out.
After Philadelphia added some insurance in the bottom of the fifth the Yankees trailed 7-3 in the eighth, but Judge scored on a single by Sanchez before they rallied in the ninth.
The game, however, ended in familiar fashion.
“We were brought here to win,’’ said Zack Britton, who made his season debut with a perfect seventh inning. “We’ve got to figure out how to get those wins.”
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Dan Martin