“Getting to this place is a great feeling,” Jansen said. “But we still have work to do. ”
Toronto (29-27) reduced their magic number to one with the win and can secure their first place after the season since 2016 with a win in the series final on Thursday.
Cavan Biggio has scored three times, Randal Grichuk added a pair of runs and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three RBIs. Entrance Robbie Ray was effective over more than four innings and AJ Cole pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the win.
As part of Major League Baseball’s expanded playoff structure, 16 teams will reach the postseason. Division winners will be ranked # 1 through # 3 in each league, second-place teams will be ranked fourth through sixth, and two third-place teams will be seeded seventh and eighth.
The Los Angeles Angels, currently ninth in the AL, kept their playoff hopes low earlier Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Facing a veteran right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (3-3), the Blue Jays took advantage of a few breaks to score two quick points in the first set.
With Biggio after a first step, Teoscar Hernandez hit a double play ball down the middle that took an unexpected high rebound near the edge of the grass and rolled into the outfield.
Guerrero stroked a single that marked Biggio with the first inning of the match. Catch the Yankees Gary Sanchez tried to fend off the young hitter from first base, but a wide pitch went down the right field line as Hernandez drove home.
Ray completed the first run but took two steps in the second. Gio Urshela single to load the bases and a passed ball allowed Luke You to score the Yankees’ only point.
New York loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning. But Cole (3-0) held the heart of the Yankees Order by stoking Giancarlo Stanton and get Voit – which leads the majors in circuits – on an inside fly, then Gleyber Torres on a flyout.
“It was really the game,” Jansen said. “Saving was huge for us. Bases loaded, no outs, go in and get that. There is a lot of momentum here.
Toronto followed New York’s lead by putting its first three hitters on base in sixth. The Blue Jays took full advantage of the strike with a two-run single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Biggio’s two-run double served as kills.
The victory came a day after New York abandoned Toronto 12-1.
“Today was a great game after yesterday,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. “That’s what they’ve been doing all year – coming back from their losses. It was great to see, against another good pitcher like Tanaka, come back tonight and score all those points. A great victory for us. ”
New York (32-24) had four hits and four errors, a season-high. The Yankees have a magic number of one to secure a second place finish in the Eastern Division.
Ray, who was put out after the first two hitters hit fifth, allowed three hits, four goals and five strikeouts. Tanaka gave up three earned runs, eight hits and three steps while striking out five.
Jansen, who moved away from Tanaka in the fourth, added another shot in the eighth from the Yankees wide receiver Erik Kratz, giving Toronto’s backstop six home runs during the season.
Toronto was a starter of choice in its last race after the season four years ago. The Blue Jays went on to reach the AL Championship Series for the second year in a row.
Notes: Ross Stripling pitched four shutout innings of relief on his first save. … The game lasted three hours 39 minutes. … The Blue Jays will send ace Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00 ERA) to the mound on Thursday. The Yankees will also start a southpaw in Jordanie Montgomery (2-2, 5.12). … The Blue Jays will close their regular season with a three-game streak against the Baltimore Orioles.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 23, 2020.
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