The Yankees erased a late 4-3 deficit and hung on in a wild top of the ninth inning as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Didi Gregorius' triple in the eighth inning tied things, 4-4, and Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
- Chae Headley's two-run homer later in the eighth increased New York's lead to 7-4.
- Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning and was relieved by Blake Parker, who escaped a bases loaded jam to end the game.
- Kevin Pillar's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead.
- Tyler Austin's two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 advantage
- The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jose Bautista's RBI single.
- Brian McCann's home run in the fourth inning tied things, 1-1.
- Edwin Encarnacion's solo homer in the top of the first gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
- Luis Cessa allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees are not going quietly, but they don't make it very easy, either. Up against the Blue Jays' ace, the Yanks got two big home runs to take the lead and then rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with four huge runs. In a crazy game, the Yankees needed each of the insurance runs after a rough night from closer Dellin Betances.
The Yankees received great efforts from rookies and veterans alike, and that will have to continue over the remainder of the schedule for them to reach the playoffs.
Luis Cessa had another fine start, Adam Warren was great in relief, and the Yankees received big hits from Brian McCann, Tyler Austin, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley. But, little known reliever Blake Parker nailed down the save as Brett Gardner saved the game with a leaping catch at the wall.
The Yankees have been trying to climb into the Wild Card race, but after tonight's win, they are just four games back in the loss column for the American League East title. They have plenty of fight in them, and quite possibly enough time.
The Yankees wrap up their three-game series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Bryan Mitchell (5.31 ERA, 1.62 WHIP) gets the start, opposed by Marcus Stroman (4.58 ERA, 1.29 WHIP).