CLEVELAND - Joe Girardi boiled the Yankees' lost weekend at the plate against Toronto down to a "few bad days," ones he didn't see enduring much longer.
They did at least one more night in a 5-4 walk-off loss in 16 innings to the Indians on Tuesday night in front of 23,618 at Progressive Field, a game highlighted by Andrew Miller's first blown save of the season and more futility from the lineup, particular hitters 1-5.
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Coupled with the beyond red-hot Blue Jays victory over the A's, the Yankees' AL East lead is down to half a game.
"If you're ready to give up, give up, I'm not ready to give up," Joe Girardi said. "This is a good offense."
But not of late.
The Yankees (61-50) batted .151 in the series against Toronto (14-for-93) and were hitting .163 in the previous five games (25-for-153) entering Tuesday night. They came into the evening with 26 straight scoreless innings, a streak that reached 31 before Stephen Drew's sixth-inning homer ended it.
All of this after totaling 90 runs in the previous 10 games.
"It will turn," Mark Teixeira said. "We'll swing our way out of it."
Teixeira went 0-for-6, part of a 1-for-30 performance by Yankees hitters 1-5.
"We need those guys to get going again," said Girardi, who later said there would be some help arriving later Wednesday from the minors to spell the "exhausted" arms in the bullpen. "It's important."
The Yankees had eight hits, their last coming in the 12th. Indians pitchers retired the last 14 Bombers they faced.
The Indians (51-59) won it in the 16th against rookie righthander Branden Pinder, the Yankees' eighth pitcher of the night.
Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor singled with one out, bringing Michael Brantley, whose double helped key the 10th-inning comeback against Miller, to the plate. Brantley's third hit of the night, a screamer off Teixeira's glove at first, brought in Ramirez to win it.
Bryan Mitchell preceded Pinder to the mound, striking out five in three scoreless, including the 14th when he escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam.
Just over two hours before Brantley's game-winner, Miller, 24-for-24 in save chances this season entering the night, came on with a 4-2 lead in the 10th and allowed a leadoff single to Lindor and a double to Brantley. Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly brought in Lindor to make it 4-3 and Yan Gomes' flare single to right dropped in to bring Brantley in to tie it at 4.
"Gomes got a hit on exactly what I wanted to throw. It's almost like he hit it the perfect amount, it just fell in there," Miller said. "But it stinks, I'm frustrated. I feel bad. I let us down. We had the game won and I screwed it up but I'll be ready to go tomorrow."
The Yankees got home runs from Drew and Carlos Beltran, the latter of which tied it at 2-2 in the eighth, and Chase Headley's two-out, bases-loaded, pinch-hit single off righthander Bryan Shaw in the 10th.
The homers came off Carlos Carrasco, who allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings. He struck out eight and walked none.
Rookie righthander Luis Severino, though not as sharp as in his debut, allowed two runs and seven hits. Despite myriad three-ball counts, he walked just one and struck out two. Severino limited the Indians to 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.
"I was missing my spots the first two innings," Severino said through a translator. "After that, I made an adjustment and was hitting the glove more."
Severino spoke at 12:30 in the morning, his outing an almost forgotten footnote in another frustrating night for a slumping offense, which has helped the Blue Jays' rapid gain in the standings.
"Every loss right now is painful," Teixeira said. "We just haven't been swinging the bats. We went through just an incredible stretch where it seemed like every night we were scoring 10 runs and now it's the opposite. So it's just a little weird but we have to swing our way out of it."