BUFFALO, N.Y.: Gary Snchez made two of his team’s season-high four errors and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the sloppy Yankees 14-1 Wednesday night, dealing New York perhaps a fatal blow in its race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Danny Jansen homered twice, once off No. 3 catcher Erik Kratz in the eighth, as the Blue Jays reduced their magic number to one for clinching a wild card berth and their first postseason appearance since 2016.
Tampa Bay clinched its first AL East title since 2010 when it beat the New York Mets 8-5 and opened a 4 1/2-game lead. The Yankees, who have four games left, were in danger of falling 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the No. 4 seed and a home-field berth next week.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres and first baseman Luke Voit also made errors for the Yankees, who went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, a night after going 8 for 18 in a 12-1 win.
Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) allowed five runs three earned and eight hits in four innings. New York dropped to 2-4 against the Blue Jays in Buffalo this season.
Snchez made an errant pickoff throw in the first, allowing Teoscar Hernndez to score from third and giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Randal Grichuk reached on a two-out error by Torres in the third and scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s RBI double.
Cavan Biggio singled in the fourth on a ball that ticked off Voits glove and evaded second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Biggio went to second when Voit couldnt handle a pickoff throw from Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) and scored on Grichuks two-out single.
After a catchers interference call against Snchez wiped out what would have been the first out in the sixth, and the Blue Jays went on to score eight runs. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run single, and Biggio and Bo Bichette had two-run doubles.
Kratz made his second pitching appearance in four games,
A.J. Cole (3-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the fifth by striking out Giancarlo Stanton, then retiring Voit on a popout and Torres on a flyout. Snchez and Stanton each went 0 for 4 and struck out three times.
Ross Stripling pitched four innings for his first save since 2017.
New York loaded the bases in the second but the only run came on a passed ball when left-hander Robbie Ray and Jansen got crossed up.
Blue Jays: Manager Charlie Montoyo said RHP Jordan Romano (strained right middle finger) felt good after throwing a bullpen Tuesday. .. INF Travis Shaw returned to the lineup after being scratched Tuesday because of back spasms. … Montoyo said RHP Rafael Dolis was available. Dolis did not pitch Tuesday because of a sore right knee. RHP Julian Merryweather (elbow) played catch before the game. INF Rowdy Telles (right knee) tracked pitches during batting practice.
Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.12) will face Toronto LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00) in Thursdays series finale. Ryu is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.
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