For a second straight night, a Yankees comeback came up short, and now they have lost consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.
Sonny Gray — coming off his two best outings of the season — gave up five runs in five innings in a 10-5 loss to the Athletics at the Stadium on Friday night.
After struggling for most of April, Gray had begun to turn his season around with a pair of solid starts, both with Austin Romine behind the plate instead of Gary Sanchez.
The magic wore off against the A’s, who drafted Gray in 2011 and with which he spent his entire career until last July’s trade sent him to The Bronx.
The Yankees’ offense made it close on more than one occasion, but they couldn’t come all the way back as they did so often during their recent 17-1 stretch that included the eight-game winning streak which ended Thursday against the Red Sox.
The Yankees rallied in the fifth, when Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer to get them to within a run at 5-4.
Trailing by two runs again in the seventh, they scored a run to make it 6-5 and had the bases loaded with one out before Didi Gregorius’ fly ball to right failed to score Romine and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a pop-up to second.
The A’s added another run on Matt Joyce’s homer off David Hale in the eighth, but the real culprit was Gray, who was roughed up in the second.
Khris Davis started it with a leadoff homer to center. Matt Olson followed with a single before Matt Chapman sent one out on an 0-2 fastball to make it 3-0.
Gray then opened the third by giving up three straight hits, including an RBI single to Jed Lowrie. He evaded more damage, though, by getting Jonathan Lucroy to fly out to deep right to end the inning with the Yankees down by four.
The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the third when Gleyber Torres hit one out to left-center. It was the rookie’s third home run of the season.
But Gray struggled again in the fourth, with a leadoff double by Mark Canha and a single to right by former Yankees prospect Dustin Fowler putting runners on the corners.
Marcus Semien grounded to third and Canha appeared to be caught between home and third, but Miguel Andujar never noticed and threw to second, allowing Canha to score and make it 5-1.
Right-hander Kendall Graveman, Oakland’s Opening Day starter, returned to the A’s rotation after being sent down to Triple-A with an 8.89 ERA in his first six starts. He held the Yankees mostly in check until the fifth.
That’s when Judge belted his 10th homer of the season to get the Yankees within a run.
The A’s, coming off three straight losses to Houston, got some insurance from Lowrie’s homer off Hale in the sixth.
The Yankees made one last charge in the seventh. Down by two runs, Andujar and Romine opened with back-to-back singles before Torres, in a strange move, bunted them over.
Brett Gardner followed with his third walk of the game to load the bases for Judge against Lou Trivino, who had no command.
Judge walked to force in a run to get the Yankees to 6-5.
That brought up Gregorius to face righty Yusmeiro Petit. But Gregorius and Stanton failed to tie the game.
In the eighth, with one on and two out, Sanchez pinch-hit for Romine and struck out.
Any slim chance the Yankees had was minimized when David Robertson allowed a three-run double to Semien in the ninth.
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