In an omission that could be fully appreciated only by Mets fans, the mechanical Home Run Apple beyond the center field fence remained stubbornly in its enclosure.
Kiermaier’s homer had tied the score. After a run-scoring double by Matt Holliday in the top of the first, the Yankees managed just one more hit off Rays starter Blake Snell over five-plus innings — he left after Brett Gardner’s leadoff single in the sixth — and one off Rays reliever Steve Cishek.
Gray lost the game on a fastball to Adeiny Hechevarria with one out in the eighth that Adeiny Hechevarria sent beyond the left center-field fence and gave the Rays a 2-1 victory.
Again, the apple did not rise. The Yankees merely sank.
It was a particularly bitter defeat for Gray, who for the fifth time in his eight starts as a Yankee was supported by one…