Blue Jays rally in ninth to ex­tend Yanks' skid

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ian Har­ri­son

The Yanks lost for the 11th time in 14 games as the Blue Jays ral­lied in the ninth for a 4-3 win. Eze­quiel Car­rera drove in the ty­ing run with a squeeze bunt be­fore Ed­win En­car­na­cion drilled the game-win­ning hit.

Eze­quiel Car­rera drove in the ty­ing run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth in­ning, Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit a win­ning sin­gle and the Toronto Blue Jays held their AL wild­card lead, ral­ly­ing past the New York Yan­kees 4-3 Sun­day.

Toronto leads Bal­ti­more by 1½ games for the top AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yan­kees.

New York ended its 33-in­ning score­less streak, but lost for the 11th time in 14 games.

Af­ter the Yan­kees scored twice in the ninth off closer Roberto Osuna (3-2) for a 3-2 lead, the Blue Jays bounced back.

Dellin Be­tances walked Melvin Up­ton Jr. to be­gin the bot­tom of the ninth and took third when Kevin Pil­lar sin­gled off Tyler Clip­pard (3-6). Car­rera fol­lowed with a squeeze bunt, and both run­ners ad­vanced as Clip­pard’s at­tempted scoop sent the ball rolling past catcher Gary Sanchez to­ward the back­stop.

Clip­pard struck out Devon Travis be­fore Josh Don­ald­son was in­ten­tion­ally walked to load the bases. En­car­na­cion’s slow roller be­tween first and sec­ond scored the win­ning run.

Toronto took a 2-1 lead on Jose Bautista’s RBI sin­gle off Be­tances in the eighth. The Yan­kees moved ahead in the ninth when Ma­son Wil­liams sin­gled home the ty­ing run and Ron­ald Tor­reyes fol­lowed with a sac­ri­fice fly.

Bautista fin­ished 2 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs, and has reached safely in a sea­son-best 32 straight games. His fourthin­ning homer off Michael Pineda was his sec­ond in two games.

Af­ter be­ing held score­less in their pre­vi­ous three games, New York loaded the bases with one out in the sec­ond but Marco Estrada struck out Wil­liams and got Tor­reyes to pop out.

Didi Gre­go­rius ended New York’s score­less streak by home­r­ing to be­gin the sev­enth. It was the first run for the Yan­kees since Donovan Solano’s tworun homer in the ninth in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s win at Tampa Bay.

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Yan­kees: 3B Chase Headley

(back) re­turned to the lineup af­ter sit­ting out Satur­day. UP NEXT: New York has yet to name a re­place­ment for RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained fore­arm) for Mon­day’s se­ries fi­nale, but RHP Luis Sev­erino is ex­pected to get the as­sign­ment. LHP J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.28) starts for the Blue Jays. Happ has won three straight de­ci­sions.

FRED THORNHILL — THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP

Toronto Blue Jays Ed­win En­car­na­cion jumps into the arms of team­mate Josh Don­ald­son af­ter he drove in the win­ning run in the ninth in­ning of their base­ball game in Toronto, Sun­day.

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