The Yankees lost ground to the Texas Rangers in the battle for the American League’s best record as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat New York 8-7 in 11 innings.
Toronto’s Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning last night at Yankee Stadium to give the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead. Derek Jeter’s home run in the bottom of the ninth tied it and Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to drive in Mike McCoy with the decisive run in the 11th after Derek Lowe’s wild pickoff throw.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was removed from the game after the fourth inning with a strained left calf and sent to the hospital for a scan. Teixeira has 23 home runs and a team-leading 81 runs batted in this season.
The result drops the Yankees to 74-54. Adrian Beltre drove in four runs with a solo homer, two-run double and run-scoring single as the AL-leading Rangers improved to 76-52 with a 6-5 home win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees and Rangers are both division leaders, with New York leading the Baltimore Orioles by 3 1/2 games atop the AL East. The team with the better record would have home-field advantage if the Yankees and Rangers meet in the playoffs.
Robinson Cano had solo homers in the first and fourth innings for New York, while Nick Swisher added a two-run home run in the fifth.
The Yankees have 34 regular-season games remaining, including 15 against Major League Baseball teams with winning records -- the Oakland Athletics, Orioles and Rays. They also have to play the Boston Red Sox six times.
The Rangers have 17 games against teams with winning records -- the Rays, Los Angeles Angels and Athletics.