Yankees seek consolation in disappointment

Wed Oct 7, 2015 2:28am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was one-and-done for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as they were eliminated from Major League Baseball's postseason by a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in a do-or-die Wild Card playoff game.

"It stinks to lose," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "That's the bottom line and it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

"But I'm extremely proud of the guys in that room."

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka paid for a pair of imprecise pitches that ended up as long home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez that put Houston ahead for good.

"He just made some mistakes," said Girardi. "He missed with his fastball (to Rasmus) and missed with the breaking ball up (to Gomez).

"A lot of nights you give up two runs, five innings you've got a pretty good chance to win. But we just haven't been able to solve (Astros pitcher Dallas) Keuchel this year."

Keuchel, 20-8 this campaign, extended his scoreless season record against the Yankees to 22 innings as he went six innings and combined with three relievers on a three-hit shutout.

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances yielded the third run.   Continued...

Oct 6, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after grounding out against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports