Result: The Yankees couldn’t figure out rookie Kyle Lobstein on Thursday afternoon, dropping their series finale with the Tigers by a 3-2 score.
Need to Know: Hiroki Kuroda tossed his third consecutive quality start, pitching seven innings of two-run ball but getting stuck with a no-decision in his quest for his 10th win of the season. The Yankees lineup managed just five hits, with Carlos Beltran going 2-for-4 with a double. Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single in the third inning and Brian McCann drove in a run with a fourth-inning groundout, putting the Yankees ahead, 2-1, before Kuroda gave the run back in the fifth. McCann just missed a go-ahead, three-run home run in the top of the ninth when his blast to right field landed just foul. Shawn Kelley gave up a walk-off single to Alex Avila in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second.
Game Ball: Kuroda, whose effort was spoiled by a Yankees lineup that continues to struggle with consistency.
Links: Box score
What’s Next: The Yankees move on to Toronto to face the Blue Jays, who trail the Bombers by 2 1/2 games in the AL East and Wild Card races. Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.37 ERA) faces Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41 ERA) who, despite his impressive season numbers, is just 1-7 with a 4.74 ERA since June 1.