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Tough time for D extends Yanks' tough stretch

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NEW YORK -- There was some unusual spin on Cameron Maybin's grounder as it rocketed toward Starlin Castro in the seventh inning on Thursday, though the Yankees second baseman said that he was immediately preparing to turn a double play. At the very least, he should get one out.

But he got none, as the ball shot past him into right field for the first of a season-high three Yankees errors in a 10-5 loss to the Angels.

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NEW YORK -- There was some unusual spin on Cameron Maybin's grounder as it rocketed toward Starlin Castro in the seventh inning on Thursday, though the Yankees second baseman said that he was immediately preparing to turn a double play. At the very least, he should get one out.

But he got none, as the ball shot past him into right field for the first of a season-high three Yankees errors in a 10-5 loss to the Angels.

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"Right when he hit the ball, I thought in my mind right away, 'OK, that's a double-play ball right here,'" Castro said. "After that happened, I saw it move different and just tried to block the ball. I just tried to keep it in front of me, and I couldn't do it."

The 1-1 slider to Maybin was the final pitch of a mediocre outing for Luis Severino, who squandered an early four-run lead and took his first loss since May 1.

Manager Joe Girardi said that although Severino's command was off early, he induced the ground ball he needed in the seventh.

"I look at the last ball that was hit to Castro, the ball took a bad hop," Girardi said. "He was in position to turn a double play, and it squirted to his right when it hit the grass. When you're going bad and you're not doing the things you need to do to win, this is what happens."

"If [Castro] got over there, it would have been good, but I saw it take a bad hop," Severino said. "It was difficult. It's just part of the game."

Kole Calhoun's game-tying sac fly off Chasen Shreve preceded a shaky outing from Dellin Betances, who had not permitted an earned run in his last 22 appearances. Betances' issues holding runners cropped up as Maybin swiped second easily, advancing as catcher Gary Sanchez fired the ball into center field.

"Maybin's been going on a lot of guys," Betances said. "I'm not the only guy he's been going on. He got a good jump. I tried to be quick to the plate. He got a good jump. I think he leads the American League in stolen bases [23], so I've got to give him credit. I've got to continue to try to work and be faster, but he just got it there."

Albert Pujols cashed the go-ahead run with a single to right on a 3-1 pitch, and Yunel Escobar worked a full-count walk against Betances, who got crossed up with Sanchez and uncorked a wild pitch with Luis Valbuena at the plate.

"Right when I was about to throw the pitch, I realized this could be bad, because Gary looked like he was waiting [for a] curve ball, and I was throwing a fastball," Betances said. "I tried to do my best to not kill him there."

Valbuena struck out, but Andrelton Simmons smacked a two-run double to left field that helped the Angels pull away. Another error was charged to Domingo German in the eighth on an errant pickoff throw as the Yanks absorbed one of the most disheartening losses of this tough stretch.

Video: LAA@NYY: Pennington scores on German's errant pickoff

"It's a number of things that we need to clean up," Girardi said. "If you're going to compete at a high level, you can't keep making the mistakes that we're making."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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