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Yankees make four errors, lose 14-1 to Blue Jays

Gary Sánchez made two of his team's season-high four errors and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the sloppy Yankees 14-1 Wednesday night, dealing New York perhaps a fatal blow in its race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Danny Jansen homered twice, once off No. 3 catcher Erik Kratz in the eighth, as the Blue Jays reduced their magic number to one for clinching a wild card berth and their first postseason appearance since 2016.

Tampa Bay clinched its first AL East title since 2010 when it beat the New York Mets 8-5 and opened a 4 1/2-game lead. The Yankees, who have four games left, were in danger of falling 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the No. 4 seed and a home-field berth next week.

Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr., second from left, celebrates after advancing to second on a single as New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, second from right, and right fielder Aaron Judge, right, look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Teoscar Hernández and Randal Grichuk scored. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and first baseman Luke Voit also made errors for the Yankees, who went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, a night after going 8 for 18 in a 12-1 win.

Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) allowed five runs — three earned — and eight hits in four innings. New York dropped to 2-4 against the Blue Jays in Buffalo this season.

Sánchez made an errant pickoff throw in the first, allowing Teoscar Hernández to score from third and giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.

New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela fields a ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and forces out Teoscar Hernández at third during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Guerrero Jr. was safe at first. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)

Randal Grichuk reached on a two-out error by Torres in the third and scored on Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double.

Cavan Biggio singled in the fourth on a ball that ticked off Voit’s glove and evaded second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Biggio went to second when Voit couldn’t handle a pickoff throw from Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) and scored on Grichuk’s two-out single.

After a catcher’s interference call against Sánchez wiped out what would have been the first out in the sixth, and the Blue Jays went on to score eight runs. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run single, and Biggio and Bo Bichette had two-run doubles.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka slips as he reaches for a soft grounder by Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who was safe at first during the third inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)

Kratz made his second pitching appearance in four games,

A.J. Cole (3-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the fifth by striking out Giancarlo Stanton, then retiring Voit on a popout and Torres on a flyout. Sánchez and Stanton each went 0 for 4 and struck out three times.

Ross Stripling pitched four innings for his first save since 2017.

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres, left, loses the ball as Toronto Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio, right, reaches second on a fielding error by first baseman Luke Voit after a pickoff attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)

New York loaded the bases in the second but the only run came on a passed ball when left-hander Robbie Ray and Jansen got crossed up.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Manager Charlie Montoyo said RHP Jordan Romano (strained right middle finger) felt good after throwing a bullpen Tuesday. .. INF Travis Shaw returned to the lineup after being scratched Tuesday because of back spasms. ... Montoyo said RHP Rafael Dolis was available. Dolis did not pitch Tuesday because of a sore right knee. … RHP Julian Merryweather (elbow) played catch before the game. … INF Rowdy Telles (right knee) tracked pitches during batting practice.

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres, center, loses the ball as Toronto Blue Jays' Cavan Biggio, right, reaches second on a fielding error by first baseman Luke Voit after a pickoff attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)

UP NEXT

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.12) will face Toronto LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00) in Thursday’s series finale. Ryu is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Danny Jansen, left, is congratulated by third base coach Luis Rivera (4) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP PhotoAdrian Kraus)