- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Joe Girardi played enough games at Coors Field to know a big lead is never safe. The New York Yankees nearly proved that with a late rally before falling short.

The Yankees sent 12 batters to the plate in a seven-run eighth but it wasn’t enough as the Colorado Rockies held on for a 13-10 win Tuesday night.

Didi Gregorius homered for the Yankees, who have dropped three straight. Ike Davis, who signed with New York on Monday, had a pinch-hit, RBI single in the eighth in his debut.

Girardi was the catcher in the Rockies’ first three seasons in franchise history. His last season, 1995, was the year Coors Field opened and Colorado reached the playoffs for the first time.

“This is a crazy place to play,” Girardi said. “You got a 10-run lead, you’d like to say you feel pretty good about that but that’s not always the case here.”

The Yankees had eight hits in the eighth, including two by Rob Refsnyder. His last one put the tying run on first but Jason Motte, the third reliever in the inning, got Gregorius to ground out to end the inning after the Yankees pulled to 12-10.

“I’ve played in a handful of games like this, probably more so than anywhere else in the league,” Chase Headley said. “I thought we did a nice job of getting back in it.”

Carlos Gonzalez then led off the bottom of the eighth with his 15th home run. Gonzalez had his four hits and Trevor Story also went deep and drove in three runs for the Rockies.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched five shutout innings in his return to the rotation and Ryan Raburn also homered for Colorado.

De La Rosa (3-4) scattered three hits to get his first win as a starter in two months. Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his second save.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-3) gave up six runs and eight hits while striking out just two in four-plus innings.

“It’s very frustrating, especially the way the guys came back in the eighth inning there,” Eovaldi said. “I felt that if I had held the game, held us a little closer, then we would have ended up with a win right there.”

Story and Raburn hit back-to-back homers in the third. Nolan Arenado’s RBI double in the fifth gave Colorado a 6-0 lead and chased Eovaldi.

Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth but Colorado stretched the lead against New York’s ineffective bullpen. Five Yankees relievers allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings.


Yankees: OF Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup with a sore left knee. He called manager Joe Girardi earlier Monday to let him know and Girardi decided to give him the day off. “It’s a little worrisome,” Girardi said. “One thing you don’t want it to become is a chronic thing.” … LHP Chasen Shreve (left shoulder injury) will throw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Friday.


Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (5-3, 4.39) is starting on five days’ rest because of Monday’s off day. Nova has pitched at least six innings in his last five starts.

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