Yankees reliever Dellin Betances blew his third save of the season and lost his sixth decision of the year in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Betances (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in the eighth inning, surrendering a game-tying single to Rowdy Tellez and a go-ahead RBI double to Randal Grichuk as New York lost for the fourth time in its last five days.
"We've got to play a little better, and this one's on me," Betances said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I'll take the blame on this one."
Over his last seven outings since Aug. 30, Betances is 0-3 with two blown saves, allowing six runs, nine hits and three walks in seven innings.
On Sunday, Betances put two runners on with one out before Tellez lined a single to left to tie the game at 2. The next batter, Grichuk, hit a 1-0 curveball to right field that put the Yankees down 3-2.
"Left a couple of breaking balls up," Betances said, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "Balls weren't hit particularly hard, but they got me."
For as glaring as Betances' blown save was, so was the Yankees' offense. After they scored twice in the first inning on an Andrew McCutchen homer and a Didi Gregorius sac fly, they went 4-for-29 for the rest of the game.
"We have to play better. Clearly we're not playing our best right now," manager Aaron Boone said. "But the history of this game is littered with stories of teams that went into the playoffs in different sets of scenarios; limping, playing great. The bottom line is you have to be playing right when it counts."
Heading into Tuesday's three-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox, whose magic number is at 2, New York finds itself just 1 1/2 games above the Oakland A's for the first wild-card spot. And Boone and Betances know the Yankees, just 8-11 over their last 19 games, need to play better.
"It sucks that [the Red Sox are] pretty much on their way to winning the division, but you've got to give credit to them. They've had a hell of a season. Now it's up to us to do the best we can for the next four series and try to lock down home-field advantage for the Wild Card."