Betances blows save, Yanks fall to Jays with Red Sox next

NEW YORK (AP) Red Sox-Yankees in late September - as sure a thing as exists for baseball's schedule makers. AL East powers, historic foes, duking it out for a division title.

Not this time. With Boston's iron grip on the majors' best record, New York is going into the upcoming series against its longtime rival with a rather mundane mantra.

''Trying to get right,'' manager Aaron Boone said.

Dellin Betances blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning, sending the Yankees stumbling into their midweek set against baseball's top team with a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Yankees maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild card after the A's lost to the Rays 5-4. New York has a magic number of six to clinch a playoff spot after dropping two of three to Toronto. The Yankees are 7-10 in their past 17 games.

''We have to play better, clearly,'' Boone said. ''We're not playing our best right now. But the history of this game is littered with stories of teams that went into the playoffs in different scenarios. Limping, playing great. The bottom line is you have to be playing right when it counts. Don't mistake that for, `This is OK,' but I still believe at my core that we have everyone in that room to do something special.''

New York opens a three-game home series against 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 would clinch the division with one win in the Bronx.

The Yankees hope Aaron Judge can help keep Boston's bubbly corked. 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, though he's been hitting off a high-velocity pitching machine and feels no discomfort while swinging. The Yankees are 26-22 since Judge was injured.

''Sooner the better,'' Judge said of his return.

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

''This one's on me,'' Betances said. ''I take the blame on this one.''

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 Tellez led to an out at home plate before Teoscar Hernandez flied out to center. 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 Hicks swinging to strand him.

McCutchen hit his fourth homer with the Yankees on the second pitch from Thomas Pannone (3-1), and Gregorius added his RBI later that inning.

Pannone faced the minimum over the next five innings, then stranded two runners in the seventh. He allowed four hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out six. The soft-tossing rookie left-hander was making his fourth start, including impressive outings against the Orioles and AL Central champion Indians.

''They ambushed him but I thought he was really good tonight,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''He worked himself out of it and kept the game in check.''

Reese McGuire got his first major league RBI in the third with a double that cut New York's lead to 2-1.

LOOK OUT!

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez leveled third baseman Miguel Andujar chasing down a foul popup in the fourth inning. Sanchez caught the ball while Andujar slammed to the ground, though Andujar bounced up quickly and remained in the game.

KIDS COMING

Pitchers Justus Sheffield and Domingo German will join the Yankees for Tuesday's game. The left-handed Sheffield is one of New York's top starting pitching prospects but worked out of the bullpen down the stretch with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to prepare for a September call-up.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said Judge is ''getting real close'' to returning to the lineup. He's only cleared to run the bases and play the outfield for now. Judge said he's been ''feeling good for a while.'' ... LHP Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) is set to throw a simulated game Monday or Tuesday, possibly with Judge at the plate.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.26 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore on Monday. The Orioles had yet to announce a starter.

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.75) will face Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.22) in a matchup of midseason acquisitions.

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NYY91-58
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  • W: T. Pannone (3-1)L: D. Betances (4-6)S: K. Giles (22)
  • HR: NYY - A. McCutchen (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. McKinney LF-1B-LF40000023.289.355.506.861-1.0
J. Smoak 1B40100021.248.354.466.8200.0
K. Pillar PR-CF01000000.246.276.413.6881.0
K. Morales DH10000200.255.339.452.7912.0
J. Davis PR-DH0000-000.167.167.167.000-
a- R. Tellez PH-DH-1B10110000.407.429.7781.2062.0
R. Grichuk CF-RF40110022.247.304.497.8022.0
Y. Solarte 3B40000014.232.285.391.675-0.5
A. Diaz PR-3B00000000.257.292.447.7400.0
T. Hernandez RF-LF40000013.243.300.470.770-0.5
R. Urena SS41100010.262.304.369.6741.5
D. Travis 2B40100001.236.280.389.6691.0
R. McGuire C41210001.308.357.462.8195.0
HITTERSAB
B. McKinney LF-1B-LF4
J. Smoak 1B4
K. Pillar PR-CF0
K. Morales DH1
J. Davis PR-DH0
a- R. Tellez PH-DH-1B1
R. Grichuk CF-RF4
Y. Solarte 3B4
A. Diaz PR-3B0
T. Hernandez RF-LF4
R. Urena SS4
D. Travis 2B4
R. McGuire C4
  • a-singled for Davis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF41111020.252.362.423.7865.0
G. Stanton DH31200100.265.341.501.8424.0
A. Hicks CF40100022.242.363.448.8110.0
M. Andujar 3B30000012.298.332.519.851-0.5
A. Hechavarria 3B0000-000.254.285.348.000-
a- N. Walker PH10000000.218.305.335.6400.0
D. Gregorius SS20110100.270.336.502.8383.0
G. Torres 2B40100012.279.348.495.8430.5
G. Sanchez C40000023.188.284.408.692-1.0
L. Voit 1B30000002.280.368.540.9080.0
B. Gardner LF30000010.237.323.366.689-0.5
  • a-flied out for Hechavarria in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Grichuk (28), R. McGuire (2)
  • RBI - R. Tellez (5), R. Grichuk (54), R. McGuire
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, J. Smoak, Y. Solarte, T. Hernandez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - A. McCutchen (19)
  • SF - D. Gregorius (9)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (62), D. Gregorius (84)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, G. Torres, G. Sanchez, L. Voit 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Travis-Smoak)
  • E - T. Hernandez (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Pannone (W, 3-1)7.04222613.771.0626.0
M. Leiter (H, 1)1.01000105.821.802.5
K. Giles (S, 22)1.01000205.051.2710.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Pannone (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Leiter (H, 1)1.0
K. Giles (S, 22)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn5.03111704.901.5313.5
D. Robertson (H, 18)2.00001102.890.985.5
D. Betances (L, 4-6) (BS, 3)1.04220102.771.02-7.5
Z. Britton1.00000003.501.223.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn5.0
D. Robertson (H, 18)2.0
D. Betances (L, 4-6) (BS, 3)1.0
Z. Britton1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 103-70, M. Leiter 17-9, K. Giles 12-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 3-11, M. Leiter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 26, M. Leiter 4, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Lynn (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 80-53, D. Robertson 24-13, D. Betances 21-16, Z. Britton 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-4, D. Robertson 2-3, D. Betances 1-1, Z. Britton 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 19, D. Robertson 7, D. Betances 7, Z. Britton 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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NYY91-58
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. McKinney LF-1B-LF40000023.289.355.506.861-1.0
J. Smoak 1B40100021.248.354.466.8200.0
K. Pillar PR-CF01000000.246.276.413.6881.0
K. Morales DH10000200.255.339.452.7912.0
J. Davis PR-DH0000-000.167.167.167.000-
a- R. Tellez PH-DH-1B10110000.407.429.7781.2062.0
R. Grichuk CF-RF40110022.247.304.497.8022.0
Y. Solarte 3B40000014.232.285.391.675-0.5
A. Diaz PR-3B00000000.257.292.447.7400.0
T. Hernandez RF-LF40000013.243.300.470.770-0.5
R. Urena SS41100010.262.304.369.6741.5
D. Travis 2B40100001.236.280.389.6691.0
R. McGuire C41210001.308.357.462.8195.0
Total3437302915-----
HITTERSAB
B. McKinney LF-1B-LF4
J. Smoak 1B4
K. Pillar PR-CF0
K. Morales DH1
J. Davis PR-DH0
a- R. Tellez PH-DH-1B1
R. Grichuk CF-RF4
Y. Solarte 3B4
A. Diaz PR-3B0
T. Hernandez RF-LF4
R. Urena SS4
D. Travis 2B4
R. McGuire C4
Total34
  • a-singled for Davis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF41111020.252.362.423.7865.0
G. Stanton DH31200100.265.341.501.8424.0
A. Hicks CF40100022.242.363.448.8110.0
M. Andujar 3B30000012.298.332.519.851-0.5
A. Hechavarria 3B0000-000.254.285.348.000-
a- N. Walker PH10000000.218.305.335.6400.0
D. Gregorius SS20110100.270.336.502.8383.0
G. Torres 2B40100012.279.348.495.8430.5
G. Sanchez C40000023.188.284.408.692-1.0
L. Voit 1B30000002.280.368.540.9080.0
B. Gardner LF30000010.237.323.366.689-0.5
Total3126212911-----
  • a-flied out for Hechavarria in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Grichuk (28), R. McGuire (2)
  • RBI - R. Tellez (5), R. Grichuk (54), R. McGuire
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, J. Smoak, Y. Solarte, T. Hernandez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - A. McCutchen (19)
  • SF - D. Gregorius (9)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (62), D. Gregorius (84)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hicks, G. Torres, G. Sanchez, L. Voit 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Travis-Smoak)
  • E - T. Hernandez (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Pannone (W, 3-1)7.04222613.771.0626.0
M. Leiter (H, 1)1.01000105.821.802.5
K. Giles (S, 22)1.01000205.051.2710.0
Total9.0622291---
PITCHERSIP
T. Pannone (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Leiter (H, 1)1.0
K. Giles (S, 22)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn5.03111704.901.5313.5
D. Robertson (H, 18)2.00001102.890.985.5
D. Betances (L, 4-6) (BS, 3)1.04220102.771.02-7.5
Z. Britton1.00000003.501.223.0
Total9.0733290---
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn5.0
D. Robertson (H, 18)2.0
D. Betances (L, 4-6) (BS, 3)1.0
Z. Britton1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 103-70, M. Leiter 17-9, K. Giles 12-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 3-11, M. Leiter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 26, M. Leiter 4, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Lynn (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 80-53, D. Robertson 24-13, D. Betances 21-16, Z. Britton 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-4, D. Robertson 2-3, D. Betances 1-1, Z. Britton 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 19, D. Robertson 7, D. Betances 7, Z. Britton 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Grichuk doubled to right, Pillar scored, Tellez to third32
    Tellez singled to left, McGuire scored, Pillar to second22
  • 3RD INNING
    McGuire doubled to shallow left, Urena scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to center, Stanton scored02
    McCutchen homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mark Leiter pitching
    • Zach Britton relieved Dellin Betances
    • R. Urena: Strike looking, Urena grounded out to second
    • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis lined out to left
    • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McGuire grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ken Giles pitching
    • Neil Walker hit for Adeiny Hechavarria
    • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Walker flied out to deep right
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius singled to right center
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adeiny Hechavarria at third base
    • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
    • R. McGuire: Foul, McGuire singled to center
    • B. McKinney: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak singled to deep right, McGuire to third
    • Kevin Pillar ran for Justin Smoak
    • Rowdy Tellez hit for Jonathan Davis
    • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Tellez singled to left, McGuire scored, Pillar to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk doubled to right, Pillar scored, Tellez to third
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Tellez out at home
    • Aledmys Diaz ran for Yangervis Solarte
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rowdy Tellez at designated hitter
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep left
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Stanton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Stanton singled to deep left, Stanton to third on left fielder Hernandez fielding error
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Robertson Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez fouled out to first
    • R. Urena: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Urena grounded out to first
    • D. Travis: Ball, Travis flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Andujar popped out to first
    • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius walked
    • G. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Torres singled to center, Gregorius to second
    • G. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to deep center
    • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Voit grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Torres out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • David Robertson relieved Lance Lynn
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
    • Jonathan Davis ran for Kendrys Morales
    • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Grichuk flied out to deep center
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • G. Stanton: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton popped out to second
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • R. Urena: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Travis singled to left center
    • R. McGuire: McGuire lined out to center
    • B. McKinney: Ball, Travis to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McKinney fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • L. Voit: Strike looking, Voit flied out to deep right
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte fouled out to catcher
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Andujar struck out on foul tip
    • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius flied out to left
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Torres flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • R. Urena: Urena singled to center
    • D. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Travis grounded out to third, Urena to second
    • R. McGuire: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McGuire doubled to shallow left, Urena scored
    • B. McKinney: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks lined out to second, Stanton out at first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte grounded out to second
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
    • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit flied out to deep center
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McKinney grounded out to second
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Pannone Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen homered to left center
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks singled to shallow right, Stanton to third
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Andujar popped out to first
    • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to center, Stanton scored
    • G. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Torres fouled out to right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)