With Mariano Rivera ready to go, the lead seemed insurmountable. Minutes later, the Yankees were walking off the field having lost the game 4-3.
Rivera’s now had two shaking outings in a row – very uncharacteristic for him considering how his season has gone. He allowed four runs on four hits in the bottom of the tenth – the dagger coming on a Keith Lockhart walk-off double.
The Yankees’ record now stands at 64-43, as they still hold a 10 game lead over the Orioles. However, they missed a golden opportunity to gain a game since Baltimore lost 11-1 to Cleveland. The Royals, who are now 50-60, have played the Yankees tough recently.