Toronto Blue Jays deny New York Yankees lead in four-game streak for first time since 1924

NEW YORK – The Blue Jays gave the Yankees a shot at the Bronx this week they haven’t seen in nearly 100 years.

They also moved closer to a New York half-game for the AL’s final wild card on Thursday night with a 6-4 win that capped a four-game sweep.

“It’s not easy to come and relax at Yankee Stadium,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “And they did it for four games.”

The Yankees have never been ahead in the series, the first time it has happened to them in a four-game or more streak since 1924 against the Washington Senators, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees had played 1,250 four-game or more series with the lead at least once before Thursday night.

“We just had a terrible time,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “It’s not OK. … But we’ve been through this throughout the season. We’re facing it again. We can’t wait to get out and change that tomorrow. We know it can turn that fast. that he’s gone aside here. “

Bo Bichette hit a first homer in the first inning and scored a single in the tiebreaker in the seventh, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 42nd homer to help complete Toronto’s first four-game sweep in Bronx since 2003. The Blue Jays have now won eight in a row, their longest winning streak since an 11-game surge in 2015.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have lost six straight and 10 of 12 games, a jarring collapse immediately following a 13-game winning streak that propelled them to the top of the wildcard race. They lost a game behind Boston in slow motion for first place.

Jose Berrios (11-7) dominated the Yankees until Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homerun in the sixth tied it at 2. The right-hander had two strikeouts in the seventh before being put out after 109 shots. He was charged with two runs and struck out eight.

Bichette got the first of three hits with his 22nd homer to start the game. Guerrero’s solo shot against Andrew Heaney in the ninth made it 5-2. Guerrero, 22, tied Salvador Perez of Kansas City for second in majors behind two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani, who has 43 homers.

New York scored two double plays, including one by Giancarlo Stanton with two in play and one out in the eighth. The Yankees have made 130 double plays this season, tied with Washington for the most part in the majors.

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes slammed his glove and hat into the dugout after finishing fifth. He worked until the sixth, allowing two runs on 103 shots. “

“It’s no secret,” Cortes said. “We’ve had a bad streak in the last 10 games and we want to win as much as everyone else. I think we know where we are in the standings and we want to win games. ”

The Blue Jays have played the entire 60-game 2020 regular season and the first half of this year, dividing the home games between their spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla., And their Triple-A park in Buffalo, New Brunswick. York, due to Canada’s coronavirus protocols. They eventually returned to Rogers Center in late July, but all of that discomfort served to toughen the Jays to the rigors of road play, according to Montoyo.

“They never complain, and that’s why we are in this place right now,” he said. “It’s impressive what our team has done. I’m so proud of our team, it’s a happy night for us. ”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.