Sonny Gray gave up four runs in five innings and the bullpen gave up a go-ahead homer as the Yankees fell, 5-4, to the Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters the team needs to add pitching Wednesday afternoon.

It showed why later in the night.

The bad version of Sonny Gray showed up and a bullpen letdown aided the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Nationals at Yankee Stadium before 45,030 fans.

Gray gave up four runs in in five innings on two walks and seven hits, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning to 19-year-old Juan Soto, that trashed the Yankees’ 3-1 lead and made it 4-3 Nationals.

Soto also homered to give the Nationals back a one-run advantage in the seventh. The left fielder Soto, at 19 years and 231 days old, became the youngest player to home in either Yankee Stadium in the regular season since Ken Griffey Jr. on May 30, 1989.

Soto’s second blast came off reliever Chasen Shreve and broke a 4-all tie.

Gleyber Torres had notched the tie with his 12th home run of the year, a solo shot to left field.

What it means

The defeat was the Yankees’ second in three games. They have won seven of their last 10 games.

The Red Sox retook the first place in the American League East, beating the Orioles earlier in the day, for the first time since April 6.

An early lead

The Yankees had spotted Gray a 3-1 lead come the third inning. And it seemed he might keep it. Despite working a high pitch count, Gray had been coming off two strong starts — a eight-inning, scoreless outing in Toronto the latest. Two starts prior, Gray had giving up just a run in six innings.

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