Aug 19, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) removes relief pitcher David Robertson (30) from a game against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Blown Chances Lead To Another Yankees Loss

In what was an important week for the Yankees to try and get some more momentum, after winning the final two over the weekend, all of that went flying out the window as the Yankees continue to take a step forward and then a step back with a crushing 7-4 loss to the Houston Astros.

Brett Oberholtzer and Chris Capuano matched zeros until the fourth inning, when Brian McCann deposited a two-run bomb into the second deck in right field to make it 2-0.

The Astros got one back in the fifth with a two-out rally. Gregorio Petit doubled and came home to score on Robbie Grossman‘s single.

Houston would take the lead in the sixth. Dexter Fowler led off with a triple and scored on a Jason Castro groundout to tie the game. Matt Dominguez and Jon Singleton singled to knock out Capuano. Enter Adam Warren, who after a groundout, hung a slider to pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez who drove n two with a single.

The Yanks fought back in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole second and Carlos Beltran walked. Martin Prado then doubled them both in to tie the game.

The Yankees had an opportunity to take the lead in the eighth. Ellsbury walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Beltran hit a groundball to short and Ellsbury was thrown out at the plate. After a single, McCann flew out to end the inning.

David Robertson has been the least of the Yankees problems this year but tonight was not his night. With one out, Grossman and Jose Altuve walked. Chris Carter had struck out four times before this, but Robertson grooved a fastball and Carter hit his 30th homer of the year.

The Yankees went 1-2-3 in the ninth to end it.

Game two of the series is at 7:05 tomorrow night. Scott Feldman and Michael Pineda will toe the rubber.

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