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CC Sabathia hurts hamstring, leaves after 4; Yankees lose in 11th

CC Sabathia drops a return throw in

CC Sabathia drops a return throw in the fourth inning, during which he injured a hamstring against the Angels on Tuesday night, June 13, 2017 in Anaheim, California. Credit: Getty Images / Sean M. Haffey

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Yankees lost twice Tuesday night.

First, they lost their hottest pitcher when CC Sabathia left the game after four innings with a left hamstring strain.

A few hours later, their six-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Angels in front of 33,159 at Angel Stadium.

“I anticipate it will be a DL [situation],” Joe Girardi said of Sabathia, who will have an MRI on Wednesday.

He said it is too early to speculate who will take the lefthander’s next turn in the rotation, which is Sunday in Oakland.

Sabathia, 7-2 with a 3.66 ERA this season, including 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA in his previous five starts, had it going again Tuesday. Through four innings, he had allowed one run (unearned) and three hits. But the 36-year-old lefthander, who had four strikeouts, was seen shaking his left leg after retiring the Angels in the bottom of the fourth.

“On that second to the last pitch I threw, I felt it grab,” Sabathia said. “I thought it may be a cramp. Didn’t feel it when I was standing there, then went to push off the last time and it hurt.”

Of the DL, Sabathia, 36, said, “that’s up to them,” but seemed resigned to having to spend some time there.

“It [stinks],” Sabathia said. “You want to be out there with the guys.”

Eric Young Jr. won it in the bottom of the 11th with a single off the backside of righty Ben Heller, called up from the minors Monday. Young also had tied the game in the eighth with a leadoff homer off Tyler Clippard.

Andrelton Simmons started the inning with a walk against lefty Chasen Shreve and, after C.J. Cron flied out, Girardi brought on Heller to face Martin Maldonado, who grounded back to the pitcher. Cliff Pennington then drew a walk, setting up Young’s second big moment of the night.

“It’s a tough way to lose a game,” Girardi said.

The Yankees (38-24) squandered a bases-loaded, one-out chance in the top of the 11th as Chris Carter and Brett Gardner each popped out against hard-throwing righty Keynan Middleton (2-0). Carter, who was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts to that point and who committed a key error as he dropped a throw from Didi Gregorius with two outs in the fourth that led to a 1-0 Angels lead, swung at the reliever’s first pitch of the night.

“Got a first-pitch fastball,” Carter said. “Faced him yesterday and felt confident, I just didn’t get the ball out there.”

The Yankees went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11. Hitters 3-7 combined to go 1-for-22 with five strikeouts.

“We had some chances,” Girardi said. “We hit some balls hard . . . It seemed like the balls we hit the hardest, they made plays on. But it’s a tough loss.”

Shreve (1-1) turned away the Angels (34-34) in the 10th.

Young led off that inning with a walk. Leadoff man Cameron Maybin sliced a single to right and Kole Calhoun, after failing twice to get a bunt down, struck out. Albert Pujols fouled out to right, allowing Young to tag and go to third. Yunel Escobar grounded to Gregorius, spectacular in the field all night, to end the threat.

Rookie righthander Jonathan Holder started the ninth and allowed a one-out single to Simmons and a two-out double to Maldonado that put runners at second and third.

Girardi brought in Shreve to face the switch-hitting Pennington, who flied to short right, where Aaron Judge initially misjudged the ball, but made the catch nonetheless.

All this after Clippard failed to hold the 2-1 lead Chase Headley’s solo homer off Los Angeles starter JC Ramirez provided in the seventh inning.

Giovanny Gallegos (two innings) and Adam Warren teamed for three scoreless innings after Sabathia departed, but Clippard allowed the leadoff homer to Young in the eighth to tie it at 2.

An offense that outscored the opposition 60-12 during the six-game streak simply didn’t have enough, other than Headley, who had three hits. Headley doubled and scored, on Gardner’s RBI single, in the fifth to tie it at 1.

“He’s been throwing the ball really, really well lately,” Headley said of losing Sabathia. “Obviously, it’s going to be a tough one, but I think one thing we’ve shown this year is we can play through some adversity and have some key players go down and have somebody able to fill in. So we’re just going to have to do that again.”

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