With one out and runners on first and third base, Aaron Judge served a soft liner to shallow right field. That brought home Gleyber Torres, who had walked, and pushed Gardner to second. Gardner moved to third when Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to the pitcher. He was left there when Didi Gregorius grounded out to second base.
Twice the Yankees escaped bases-loaded jams in the first inning and in the sixth.
Sabathia got Daniel Robertson to line out to second to end the first threat. In the sixth, reliever Adam Warren finished a 12-pitch at-bat with Jake Bauers by getting him to ground out to shortstop.
The loss dropped the Yankees to 50-23 still the best record in the majors. They started the day two games ahead of the Red Sox in the American League East.
It also snapped their four-game winning streak. They’re 41-14 in their last 55 games and 7-7 in games in which they don’t hit a home run.
Earlier in the day, the team said Tanaka, a righty starting pitcher, would hit the 10-day disabled list with soreness in both hamstrings.
Tanaka suffered the injury running from third base to home on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Mets in Queens. He immediately left the game.
Tanaka and manager Aaron Boone each said they didn’t know how long Tanaka would be iced. Boone said he thought it was very possible the 28-year-old could return before the All-Star break, which stars July 19.
Cashman said he wasn’t sure either.