Betances blows save as Jays come from behind against Yankees

NEW YORK — Dellin Betances blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning, sending the New York Yankees stumbling into their final regular season series against baseball’s best team with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Betances (4-6) allowed hits to four of his first five batters, including a tying single by Kendrys Morales and a go-ahead double by Randal Grichuk. Betances has lost in two of his past three appearances.

The Yankees entered with a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild card and a magic number of six to clinch a playoff spot. They lost two of three to Toronto and dropped to 7-10 in their past 17 games.

New York opens a three-game home series against major league-leading Boston on Tuesday afternoon. The Red Sox are assured of no worse than a wild card, lead the AL East by 11 1/2 games and have a chance to clinch the division in the Bronx.

The Yankees hope Aaron Judge can help keep Boston’s bubbly corked. Manager Aaron Boone said the All-Star slugger could return to the lineup during the series. Judge hasn’t been cleared to hit against live pitching since breaking his right wrist July 26. The Yankees are 26-22 since Judge was injured.

Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gary Sanchez with a runner on to end his second save in two days. The hard-throwing right-hander has 10 saves since he was acquired from Houston and 22 overall this season.

Lance Lynn covered five one-run innings with 80 pitches for New York, and David Robertson followed with two hitless innings for his longest outing of the season. That preserved a 2-1 lead from Andrew McCutchen’s leadoff homer and Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice fly in the first.

Betances couldn’t hold that edge. He only escaped the eighth after a baserunning blunder by Rowdy Tellez led to an out at home plate before Teoscar Hernandez flew out to centre. Betances also struck out a batter, extending his AL record to 41-consecutive relief appearances with a punchout.

Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton singled and reached third on a two-base error with two outs in the eighth, but Mark Leiter Jr. struck out Aaron …read more


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