MIAMI -- As the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
As a result, they lost, 2-1, to one of the lowest-scoring teams in the weaker-hitting of the two leagues in the opener of a two-game series at Marlins Park.
Bronx Bombers, indeed! The Yankees managed just three hits -- one of them a home run, accounting for their only run -- off Marlins starter Tom Koehler, and wasted a good outing by Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed a season-high nine hits. One of them, however, was the back-breaker (see below) on a night when it didn't take much to break the back of the Yankees offense. Tanaka takes the loss despite allowing just two runs in seven innings, and with the Tampa Bay Rays leading the Nationals tonight, were likely to fall out of first place in the AL East for the first time since May 25.
Kill shot: Derek Dietrich, the No. 7 hitter in the Marlins order who had only been called up from Triple-A on Friday, belted a 2-0 fastball from Tanaka well over the right-field fence and just inside the foul pole leading off the seventh to break the 1-1 tie that had stood since the second inning. It was the first hit allowed by Tanaka since the third inning.
Hit parade: Tanaka allowed six hits in the first three innings, all ropes except for Ichiro's third-inning infield single, more than he had given up in any of his previous six starts this season. But he helped himself with a strikeout of Justin Bour to strand two runners in the first and got Stanton to rap into a huge 6-4-3 double play with two on and none out in the third to limit the damage to just one run (Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single in the second).
Serging: In his second appearance as a Yankee, reliever Sergio Santos got three clutch outs after coming into an eighth-inning bases-loaded mess left behind by Jose Ramirez. Santos struck out the first two hitters he faced and got the third to line out to right, keeping it a one-run game.
Moonshot over Miami: Mark Teixeira put the Yankees on the board with a towering home run to right-center off Marlins starter Tom Koehler leading off the second inning, No. 18 -- and AL-leading RBI No. 48 -- to give them a 1-0 lead.
Glover boys: The Marlins infield made several outstanding plays to rob the Yankees of hits. Shortstop Hechavarria leaped high twice to take hits away from Chase Headley, second baseman Dee Gordon did the same to Brett Gardner and Gordon made a great sliding stop of Mason Williams' grounder in short right field to end the Yankees seventh.
No place like home: Alex Rodriguez got by far the loudest cheers he has gotten all year in a visiting park -- OK, Miami is his hometown -- when Joe Girardi sent him up to hit for Stephen Drew in the ninth inning with a man on base. But the cheers were even louder when A-Rod popped to right to end the game.
National League baseball: Gotta love it. Time of game: 2:41.