TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette hit twice, including a tiebreaking home run in Clay Holmes’ eighth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 over the Yankees on Wednesday night, an AL wild card The race tightened up and ended New York’s seven-game. winning streak.
Boston closed within a game of the Wild Card-leading Yankees after a 6-0 win in Baltimore, and are one game behind the Toronto Red Sox. Seattle, who started the day 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees, hosted Oakland in the late game.
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Marcus Semien pushed a two-run homer off a faltering Gerrit Cole, setting a major league record with his 44th home run of the season as second baseman. Semien was topped 43 by Davy Johnson for Atlanta in 1973.
George Springer doubles on Cole’s first pitch, and Semien hits a home on Cole’s sixth pitch. Springer hit an RBI single in the second and Bichette’s single homer in the third took a 4–0 lead against Cole, which allowed his first six hits on the fastball.
“Our game plan to set up fastball and his game plan to jump on it matched up together,” Cole said.
Kyle Higashioka hit a two-run single, tying off Tim Mezza in the seventh.
With a 5-all score, Bichette took the eighth-place lead with his 28th home run against Clay Holmes (8-4), an opposite-field drive that cleared the scoreboard right-center.
“He took us out,” said Semien.
While scoring the bases after his second homer, Bichette patted his chest and raised his fist while watching in the Toronto dugout. He has scored eight home runs against the Yankees this season.
“I still haven’t really calmed down yet,” Bichette said. “Just a lot of excitement. Great place and I got the job, so nice.”
Adam Simber (3-4) got four outs for the win. With a runner in second place and a crowd of 29,601 on his feet, Jordan Romano retired Tyler Wade on a game-ending flyout to save his 22nd in 23 opportunities. He has converted 22 in a row, which is the longest active streak among the big leaguers.
New York’s Joy Gallo suffered a hand injury when he collided with the Mezza pitch in the sixth and left the game. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Gallo was prepared to have an X-ray and that his condition would be updated Thursday.
Boone said that Luke Voight felt pain in his knee while running after striking him as a pinch hitter later in the innings. Wyatt first broke Wild on strike three, though was first runner up and was less than two out.
“Hopefully he should be fine,” Boone said. “When he stopped, he did it a little bit.”
Cole allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, bringing his ERA to 3.23. He could start on a three-day rest against Tampa Bay in Sunday’s regular season finale or be ready to pitch next Tuesday’s wild-card game.
Cole said he would be ready “as soon as possible”.
“I wish I could just keep pitching,” Cole said, “and start throwing some zeros and make up for it.”
Toronto has scored a major league-high 251 home runs. Bichette holds the Blue Jays single season record for home runs by shortstop.
Semien and Bichette reached 100 RBI and joined Teoscar Hernández and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to give Toronto four 100-RBI players for the first time. All four players reached 100 RBI for the first time in their careers.
“It’s a special group on both sides of the ball,” Bichette said.
Jose Berrios slammed the first 14 Yankees down the order, hitting seven, before delivering three straight hits in the fifth. Gleber Torres broke right play with a double down the left field line, Gio Ursella hit an RBI single and Brett Gardner scored on the double.
Guerrero dropped a 0 for 20 with an RBI, doubling down the line from drawn-in third baseman DJ LeMahieu, who scored Springer, who arrived when Gallo and Ursella began to communicate. failed and allowed his leadoff to drop between them. In left field for a double from home plate 210 feet.
“Joey absolutely has to take charge of that right now,” Boone said. “He just got over-aggressive, get up loud and take it.”
Aaron Judge’s sacrifice in the sixth cut it to 5-3.
“That’s what we dream of doing. I wouldn’t be playing baseball if it weren’t for moments like this” – Bo Bichette pic.twitter.com/wGG5lZYsHD
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Cole allowed seven extra-base hits, which corresponded to the worst of his career.
Bichette’s two-homer game was the fifth multi-homer game of his career. He leads the AL this season with 55 multiple-hit games.
The Blue Jays substituted RHP Anthony Castro for Triple-A Buffalo and RHP Jacob Barnes from Triple-A. NF Jake Lamb granted the waiver and was released. Lamb was named for the task last Thursday.
RHP Jonathan Loisiga (shoulder) got active and finished a perfect seventh. LHP Andrew Heaney was selected to the Florida Complex League. RHP Jameson Talon, who left Tuesday’s game after suffering pain in his right ankle, is expected to undergo an MRI when the team returns to New York. It is unclear whether Talon will pitch again this season.
Blue Jays LHP Robbie Ray (13-6, 2.68) starts Thursday against the Yankees. RHP Corey Kluber (5-3, 3.82). Ray is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in two starts against New York this season.