Yankees Lose 7th In A Row, Fall Out Of First Place

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard walked off the mound, stared straight ahead and walked to the dugout as many of the 39,853 fans at Yankee Stadium booed.

Cameron Maybin hit a tiebreaking home run on the struggling reliever's second pitch of the night, Kole Calhoun lined a double to right-center on his eighth, Albert Pujols hit a warning-track flyout on his 11th, and Yunel Escobar tripled off the top of the left field wall, just above the glove of leaping left fielder Brett Gardner, on his 12th and last.

In a little more than a week, New York's season has gone from promising to plummeting.

"It's super frustrating," Clippard said after Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels extended the Yankees' losing streak to seven games, their longest in a single season since April 2007.

A week ago, the Yankees led the AL East by four games after winning the opener of a West Coast trip at Angel Stadium. But even with the return of closer Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list last weekend, New York dropped out of first place for the first time since mid-May and trails Boston by a half-game.

"We've got to catch them now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think a lot of times you find out a lot more about your club now than you do when you're going through great times."

Even with reliever Adam Warren on the disabled list, Girardi is reluctant to use setup man Dellin Betances for six outs, preferring he pitch only the eighth to hold leads.

"I think you could do it for a short period of time, but I think it starts to wear on guys physically because of the long season," Girardi said. "We might have to look at some different things."

Aaron Judge homered and Gary Sanchez his 12th as New York climbed back from a 3-0 deficit.

Clippard (1-4) allowed runs for the third time in four outings. After Jonathan Holder relieved, Luis Valbuena singled through a drawn-in infield to drive in another run.

"It's up to all of us in here to pick ourselves up and get it right, and that's what we're going to do," Clippard said. "We all expect that out of ourselves. I expect that out of myself. I don't think any of us are worried about it."

Los Angeles, which outhit New York 14-4 despite missing injured AL MVP Mike Trout, had lost its nine previous games at Yankee Stadium and 18 of 21.

Maybin had three hits and two RBI, including a run-scoring chopper in the eighth. Valbuena added a solo homer off Holder in the ninth.

Blake Parker (3-2) allowed Sanchez's tying home run in the sixth. Parker Bridwell, taking the rotation spot vacated when Matt Shoemaker went on the disabled list, gave up two runs, two hits and five walks in five innings.

Michael Pineda allowed three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 52/3 innings.

"He battled really, really well tonight considering he had no location on his fastball, basically zero," Girardi said. ... Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury, out since sustaining a concussion on May 24, is to take batting practice Wednesday. ... Warren, who hasn't pitched since June 13 because of right shoulder inflammation, is to play catch on Friday.

Judge Gets Derby Offer

Judge, the Yankees rookie sensation, has been invited to participate in next month's Home Run Derby. Judge said Tuesday that he received the invitation last week through his agent but had not yet decided whether to accept.

The 25-year-old outfielder, a towering presence at 6-foot-7, tops the major leagues with 24 home runs after connecting Tuesday night. He also was leading the American League with a .335 batting average and 54 RBI.

"I'm going to think about it for a while," Judge said. "Just haven't honestly thought about it. I'm more focused on what I can do for the team right now."

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