New York got a great pitching effort from Phil Hughes, who went seven innings and allowed just two runs while scattering five hits and two walks. His lone blemishes were a Kevin Youkilis sac-fly in the third and a solo home run by the rejuvenated Alex Rios in the sixth.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, Chris Sale was just a little bit better. The dominant southpaw threw 7.2 frames of one-run ball. Sale was virtually unhittable for much of the evening, striking out 13 and walking just one.
New York could only muster four hits, two by Robinson Cano. The lone RBI belonged to the captain, Derek Jeter, who hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth to briefly knot the score. It was Jeter's 13th homer of the year, the most he's had since 2009.
With the loss, the Yanks watched their AL East lead shrink to three games over the Tampa Bay Rays.