Gary Sanchez returned from a three-game suspension with his bat seemingly well rested — he singled twice, driving in two runs, and also walked and hit a line drive right at third baseman Joey Gallo. But the problems Sanchez has had keeping pitches in front of him resurfaced as Yankees pitchers had four wild pitches — one of which allowed the tying run to score.

And after Martin Perez retired Starlin Castro on a pop-up with the bases loaded to end the fourth, the Yankees managed only one base runner the rest of the way — when Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch in the sixth. The Rangers, in turn, piled on against Caleb Smith and Ben Heller, pushing across four runs in the seventh.

Tanaka, who was handed a four-run lead in the second inning, had pitched well in his three starts since a short stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He struck out seven and walked none, but when Tanaka was hit, it was with authority. The Rangers had five extra-base hits against Tanaka, including Nomar Mazara’s solo homer into the upper deck in right field, the 30th Tanaka has allowed this season.

One of the few bright spots was Didi Gregorius, who hit his 21st home run — a career high — but by the end of the night, he hobbled off the field after fouling a ball off his shin.


AUSTIN ROMINE had his suspension for his role in last month’s bench-clearing brawl at Detroit reduced from two games to one and sat out Friday night’s game. … C. C. SABATHIA returned after going to New York to have an injection to ease the discomfort in his right knee, which caused him to miss a start last month. Sabathia said he may have more injections before the season is over.

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