Yan­kees’ rally comes up short vs. Blue Jays

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK » CC Sa­bathia got clocked early and the Yan­kees, de­spite hit­ting four home runs dur­ing a fu­ri­ous rally, kept wob­bling to­ward a play­off spot Satur­day with an 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Didi Gre­go­rius hit a solo homer with the Yan­kees down 5-0 in the sixth in­ning. It was 8-1 in the sev­enth be­fore Gre­go­rius and Gian­carlo Stanton home­red and Miguel An­du­jar launched a grand slam.

New York be­gan the day with a 1½-game lead over Oak­land for the top AL wild-card slot. The Yan­kees are just 6-7 this month.

Ran­dal Grichuk hit two homers and dou­bled, and Kevin Pil­lar also con­nected as Toronto ended a fourgame los­ing streak. The Blue Jays ex­hausted their bullpen, us­ing seven pitch­ers to hold on.

Sean Reid-Fo­ley (2-3) struck out 10, giv­ing up sin­gles in five shutout in­nings. He got even for get­ting hit hard at Yan­kee Sta­dium last month, when Stanton home­red off him.

RED SOX 5, METS 3 BOS­TON » Pinch-hit­ter Brock Holt drove a tiebreak­ing dou­ble off the Green Mon­ster on the first pitch af­ter Jackie Bradley Jr. hit one off the very top of the left-field wall, help­ing Bos­ton beat the Mets 5-3 to lower their magic num­ber to five.

Rick Por­cello (17-7) earned his 10th straight in­ter­league vic­tory, pitch­ing five in­nings of two-hit ball as the Red Sox im­proved their ma­jor league-best record to 102-47. Steve Pearce had three hits for Bos­ton, and Craig Kim­brel pitched the ninth for his 41st save.

The Mets, who had won four straight, took a 3-1 lead on Bran­don Nimmo’s three­run homer in the fourth. With two on in the fifth, Bradley lined a ball that bounced off the top edge of the wall and up, back to­ward the field. Although the um­pires sig­naled for him to cir­cle the bases, Bradley was sent back to sec­ond base when re­plays showed it didn’t com­pletely clear the red line that signifies a homer.

Paul Se­wald (0-6) in­ten­tion­ally walked Rafael Dev­ers, Drew Smith re­placed Se­wald, Holt hit for Sandy Leon and, on the first pitch, lined one off the Mon­ster in left-cen­ter to score both run­ners and make it 5-3.

BILL KOSTROUN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Yan­kees pitcher CC Sa­bathia sits on the bench af­ter be­ing taken out dur­ing the third in­ning.

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