Yankees blow lead in ninth, hand over 3-2 win to Guardians

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New York Yankees 2, Cleveland Guardians 3

NEW YORK — Josh Naylor hit a single that scored two runs, and Mike Zunino walked with the bases full to give the Cleveland Guardians a 3-2 win over the struggling New York Yankees on Monday night.

After AL MVP Aaron Judge joined a long list of Yankees stars on the hurt list, Domingo Germán went into the ninth inning with a no-hitter and a 2-0 lead. But New York lost its sixth game in a row and fell to 15-15, the first time the Yankees have been at .500 since they were 1-1.

Steven Kwan hit a single with one out, and when Aaron Boone went to the mound to bring in Clay Holmes, he was booed.

The reliever made a mistake on Amed Rosario’s dribbler to the third-base side, and José Ramrez hit a single to load the bases.

Last year, Yankees fans teased Naylor during the Division Series. He then hit a single to right, which was Holmes’s second missed save in six chances.

When Wandy Peralta came in to pitch, he walked Josh Bell, putting runners on first and second. He then struck out Andrés Giménez. Zunino swung and missed at two sinkers with two strikes left, and then he took an inside changeup.

Cal Quantrill was relieved by Enyel De Los Santos (2-0), who threw one pitch and picked off a runner to get the last two outs of the eighth. With three straight outs, Emmanuel Clase made his 10th save out of 12 chances.

Before the ninth, Germán only let Rosario hit a single with one out in the first and Bell walk to start the fifth. The right-handed batter got six strikeouts and one walk.

For the 14th time in 18 games, New York got three runs or less. In addition to Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Harrison Bader are all out for the Yankees because of injuries.

Jose Trevino hit his third home run of the season to start the third inning. He hit a changeup from Quantrill 425 feet into the left-field seats. Quantrill gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Anthony Rizzo walked with one out and scored when DJ LeMahieu, who hadn’t hit a single in 17 games, hit a single.

Boone said that he spoke to the team quickly after their 15-2 loss in Texas on Sunday.

“We’re going through a tough stretch right now,” he recalled as his message. “We’re beat up. But it’s like, we’ve got to focus on the here and the now and the day and being the best we can. You can’t start trying to make up games. And I’d say the same thing if we were eight games up.”

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