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Bullpen collapses before Rivera can get the ball

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After two lockdown performances as the Yankees' setup man, Rafael Soriano suffered his first New York meltdown Tuesday night.

Soriano entered the game with a 4-0 lead against the Twins, but the right-hander loaded the bases with one out thanks to a pair of walks and a single. Soriano nearly escaped after striking out Tsuyoshi Nishioka, but he walked Joe Mauer to cut the lead to 4-1, prompting manager Joe Girardi to bring in David Robertson to face Delmon Young.

"He just missed his spots," Girardi said. "He's not a guy that usually walks very many people, and he walked three guys tonight."

Robertson wasn't able to bail Soriano out, as he gave up a bloop double to Young, clearing the bases to tie the game. The Yankees went on to lose 5-4 in 10 innings, though Girardi defended his decision to go to Soriano in the four-run game despite the end result.

"I'm going to go to my eighth-inning guy," Girardi said. "If you can get in a situation where you don't have to use your closer, that's how you get to not using your closer. I have a 41-year-old closer down there, so if there's nights I can give him off, I'm going to try to get him a night off. By going to Soriano, that's what you do."

Mariano Rivera, the 41-year-old Girardi referred to, pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

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