Robinson Cano had two more chances to come through with runners in scoring position, and two more times he failed.
"I don’t want to blame it on anything," Cano said after the Yankees' 7-3 loss to the Rays. "I just haven’t been doing my job."
Cano is hitting .151 in 53 at-bats this season with runners in scoring position. He has just one hit, a homer, in 12-at-bats with the bases loaded.
In maybe the most vital inning of the game, the Yankees failed to score after loading the bases for Alex Rodriguez and Cano in the fifth. A-Rod struck out swinging.
"That was the game, I thought," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Cano came up next and grounded out to end the inning and continue the futility.
Overall, Cano is hitting .290 with nine homers and 25 RBIs.
*Rodriguez's error snapped a seven-game Yankees' error-less streak. The Yankees have committed an MLB-low 22 errors, which is partly because they don't reach as many balls as other teams.
* Russell Martin is starting to hit. Over his past nine game, Martin is batting .357 (10-for-28) with three doubles and two home runs. He nailed a solo shot in the ninth on Thursday. He has raised his average from .173 to .210.
* Derek Jeter is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, which is his longest hitless streak in more than a year. In his last 21 games, Jeter is 21-for-89 (.236) with two extra base hits (Thanks to The Post's Mark Hale, who originally tweeted the stat).
* The Yankees struck out 13 times, which is a season-high for a nine-inning game.
* They were 1-for-10 with RISP, which lowered their RISP on the season to .217 (103-474).