ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees hitters more than carried their weight Wednesday, flexing considerable muscle in racking up 10 runs by the fifth inning.
But their pitchers wilted badly on the 91-degree North Texas night, sending the Yankees to a hard-to-watch 12-10 loss at Globe Life Park.
The Yankees (31-15), who saw their streak of eight straight series won end by losing two of three to the Rangers (20-31), blew leads of 4-0 and 10-5 in the final game of a three-city trip.
“We scored 10 runs and we lose the game, that’s unacceptable,” CC Sabathia said.
The 37-year-old was the main culprit as he made it three straight poor starts. The lefthander, who had a 1.39 ERA as recently as May 4, allowed seven runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1⁄3 innings, which swelled his ERA to 3.55.
“It just wasn’t there for me today and with all the lefties in their lineup I needed a good, sharp slider and it was just hanging today,” said Sabathia, who didn’t allow a hit through three innings but allowed a two-run homer to Nomar Mazara and a three-run shot to Ronald Guzman, both on sliders, in the fourth that turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit.
In the series, Yankees starters pitched a combined 13 innings and allowed 17 runs. The bullpen contributed its share of gasoline to the proceedings as well.
After Jonathan Holder kept it a 10-7 game with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, Chasen Shreve took the mound in the sixth. But he allowed two hits and left that minor mess, with one out, to David Robertson (3-2), who created a bigger one.
The righthander walked two straight to force in a run, which made it 10-8, then struck out Mazara. But Jurickson Profar hit a three-run double to the gap in right-center, making it 11-10. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless seventh but allowed a run in the eighth to make it 12-10.
“I just pitched really poorly, I didn’t make enough good pitches,” said Robertson, who has allowed six runs and six walks in his last four outings. “I really just screwed it all up. Just couldn’t make any good pitches and we lost the game because of it.”
The Yankees did not score after the fifth, shut down by four relievers. Rangers starter Doug Fister allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings.
The Yankees came in with an MLB-high 75 homers and added four to that total as Didi Gregorius (No. 11), Neil Walker (No. 2), Gleyber Torres (No. 8) and Aaron Judge (No. 13) all went deep. Torres’ three-run shot in the fifth snapped a 5-5 tie, and made him the youngest Yankee to ever homer in three straight games, and Judge’s 471-foot blast to center later in the inning made it 10-5.
The Yankees tied a major- league record with 21 homers in a five-game span, according to Elias. The Red Sox (1977) and Reds (1999) also accomplished the feat. The Yankees have hit three or more homers in five straight games for the first time in franchise history.
“You’re going to have an occasional night like that,” Aaron Boone said of giving up two significant leads. “I really don’t even flinch at it. We turn the page. There’s a lot of things to take away from a positive standpoint tonight, but just wasn’t really our night on the mound.”