NEW YORK – The Yankees‘ freefall in the standings has reached a new low.
Because of it, their playoff hopes are suddenly in jeopardy.
The surging Blue Jays beat the Yankees 6-4 on Thursday and finished off a four-game sweep before 30,112 frustrated fans in The Bronx.
The Yankees (78-62) have now lost a season-high six straight games and 10 of their last 12. This marks the first time they’ve lost six in a row at home since the 2011 season.
Their lineup went cold again in the series finale before Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit went deep in the ninth.
“We just had a horrible homestand,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s not OK. We’re pissed off about it. But we’ve been through this throughout the season. We’re up against it again. And we look forward to going out and turning this around tomorrow.”
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With the Red Sox (80-62) idle on Thursday night, the Yankees moved to a game behind Boston for the first AL wild card spot.
The Blue Jays closed to a half-game back of the Yankees after notching their eighth straight victory.
The Yankee offense has been a main culprit with eight runs in four games against Toronto.
“It seemed like we couldn’t do anything wrong when we were winning 13 straight,” outfielder Joey Gallo said. “Right now, it just seems like we haven’t got the big hit, myself included. Things just snowball on us.”
Anthony Rizzo brought the Yankee Stadium crowd to life with a game-tying, two-run home run in the sixth.
But the Blue Jays took the lead back an inning later after the Yankees called on the recently-activated Sal Romano from the bullpen. The move quickly backfired as Romano allowed a double to Danny Jansen and an RBI bloop single to Bo Bichette (3-for-5).
Wandy Peralta cleaned up the mess two batters later by striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to leave the bases loaded.
Yet the Blue Jays added an insurance run in the eighth with the help of a defensive miscue. Second baseman Tyler Wade flubbed a potential inning-ending double play when he dropped the relay from short. The Blue Jays took advantage soon after when Jansen walked with the bases loaded.
Yankee starter Nestor Cortes went six innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He struck out five Blue Jays before exiting after 103 pitches. It was a welcome change of pace for the Yankee bullpen, which had thrown a combined 11 innings during the previous two nights.
Cortes pitched from behind throughout the night after allowing a home run to Bichette to lead off the game. Bichette worked a nine-pitch at-bat before turning on a fastball on the inside corner.
The Blue Jays doubled their lead in the fifth inning on Randal Grichuk’s solo shot to left.
Guerrero clubbed the Blue Jays’ third home run in the ninth to send the fans to the exits.
“It’s not a secret to anybody that we’ve had a bad stretch for the past 10 games,” Cortes said. “We want to win as much as everybody does. We know where we are in the standings and we want to win games.”
The loss added insult to injury for the Yankees, who placed Jameson Taillon on the IL with a partial tear in his right ankle tendon. They also learned that All-Star reliever Zack Britton could miss the entire 2022 season after having reconstructive elbow surgery.
Now the Yankees head across town to Citi Field without much breathing room.
“First and foremost, I don’t think it’s crazy of us to think that it’s going to get going,” Boone said.
“When we look at the guys that are in the lineup right now and where we are from a health standpoint, it’s not wishful thinking to know that we have really capable hitters in that lineup.”
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: New York Yankees losing streak reaches six; Blue Jays complete sweep
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