Late rallies among Yanks' few positives

Late rallies among Yanks' few positives

NEW YORK -- A 2-5 week for the Yankees has not been without its drama. Their games have included some prominent trends -- early deficits, truncated comebacks, or both.

Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field was the latest to meet both criteria. A four-run Mets second inning put the Yankees in an early hole, and the visitors' biggest outburst didn't come until the ninth. By then, a three-run rally wasn't enough.

"I think that was a good sign," said Alex Rodriguez, who struck out with the tying run on first base to end the game. "The last two innings, we put some pressure on them, we had some opportunities. A game that was 6-0 -- to come down to the last at-bat with two men on base -- I'll take my chances, especially the way the guys battled in front of me, had some great at-bats, got themselves on base."

The Yankees' only completed comeback this week came against the Red Sox on Monday, when they rallied from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth and won, 11-9, behind a pair of two-run homers, the first of which was hit by Rodriguez.

In the other games, the Yankees came up short. The next night, Randy Winn struck out with the winning runs in scoring position to secure a 7-6 loss. On Wednesday, the Yankees closed an eight-run deficit to 10-6 before losing to the Rays. They followed that on Thursday with two runs in the ninth inning of an an 8-6 loss. In Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Mets, their best chance came in the eighth, when they left the tying runs on base.

"Regardless of how bad it's been going, we've given ourselves a chance to stay in every game," right fielder Nick Swisher said. "Either way, if we just keep battling, playing hard, we'll get back to where we want to be."

-- Thomas Boorstein