BALTIMORE — Although the Yankees have exceeded almost everyone’s expectations, it won’t always go perfectly.
They were reminded of this Thursday, when they restored a two-run lead in the sixth, then saw Anthony Santander send them home with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth from a 9-6 loss to the Orioles .
And perhaps the biggest loss was that of Chad Green, who left with discomfort in his right forearm.
It ended a four-game winning streak and took the Yankees (28-10) to double-digit losses, the last major team to get there.
The Yankees tied the game on a two-out RBI single from DJ LeMahieu in the top of the ninth, but with the bases loaded, Giancarlo Stanton lined up center to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Austin Hays hit a pitching error from Josh Donaldson and moved up to second on a single with an out from Trey Mancini before Santander finished it off with his blast to Lucas Luetge, who had no launched in a week.
What bothered the Yankees almost more than the loss was Anthony Rizzo’s ejection in the eighth inning, which played a part in the result.
Rizzo led the start of the eighth in striking out, but he believed plate umpire Manny Gonzalez missed the first two pitches at bat.
When he returned to the dugout, Rizzo said he yelled “Same Pitch”, as the first pitch to Stanton was called a ball.
“I’m starting a round with one of the best players in the world behind me, and I should be in a 2-0 tally there,” Rizzo said. “If that warrants an expulsion, then you better shut up in this league. We will be ejected left and right.
Rizzo was replaced at first base by LeMahieu, who moved up from third, while Donaldson, who entered as a pinch hitter, moved up to third. And Joey Gallo took Rizzo’s place in the lineup after being thrown out.
LeMahieu was unable to find Donaldson’s bounce shot off Hays’ first grounder in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees failed to recover.
The Yankees looked set to take the lead earlier in the inning after LeMahieu picked Kiner-Falefa, and LeMahieu moved to second when Santander’s throw to the right swept away from Robinson Chirinos at home plate.
Aaron Judge walked to elevate Gallo. A walk towards him charged the goals from Stanton, who lined up with Cedric Mullins in the middle.
“I just needed it a bit in the gap,” Stanton said. “It went straight to him.”
In the sixth, Kiner-Falefa delivered a two-out two-run single to break a 3-3 tie.
But Miguel Castro replaced Jordan Montgomery to start the bottom of the inning and was immediately in trouble.
He walked Santander and Jorge Mateo reached a receiver’s interference by Kyle Higashioka.
Tyler Nevin singled to center to score Santander and cut the Yankees lead to one.
Green replaced Castro with runners in the corners and no one came out and fanned Chirinos. But Mullins, pinch shot for Ryan McKenna, tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center.
Another pinched hitter, Rougned Odor, followed with a hit to drive Nevin and give Baltimore a 6-5 lead.
Facing Austin Hays, Green was taken off with right forearm discomfort.
Jonathan Loaisiga came in and after walking Hays and Ramon Urias, retired Trey Mancini on three pitches to make it a one-point game.
The loss came after the Yankees finally provided Montgomery with running support.
With runners second and third on top of first, Stanton drilled a 114mph shot left – and straight for the new Death Valley at Camden Yards.
The ball hit the bottom of the wall, dragging Judge and Rizzo down, but Stanton was left with a strong single.
Given a rare two-point lead early on, Montgomery gave Chirinos a two-point shot in second and another in third.
Despite the loss, Stanton said the Yankees were “in a good position” as they headed back to the Bronx to face the White Sox again, holding a five-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
Boone called the 6-2 road trip “pretty good. We just ain’t done [Thursday].”