The New York Yankees overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 and snap a four-game losing streak.
Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double at Rogers Centre in Toronto last night to complete a four-run eighth inning, and Mariano Rivera recorded his 44th save of the Major League Baseball season as the Yankees improved to 80-72.
New York fell behind 3-0 in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Colby Rasmus and a solo shot by Ryan Goins. Robinson Cano had a run-scoring single and Alfonso Soriano’s double drove in Curtis Granderson before Wells’s double in the eighth.
New York is tied with the Kansas City Royals for fifth place in the American League wild-card standings. Each league awards playoff spots to its two best teams that don’t win a division title.
The Tampa Bay Rays (83-68) passed the Texas Rangers (82-69) for the first wild-card spot with a 4-3 victory against Texas in 12 innings last night.
The Cleveland Indians (82-70) are third in the wild-card standings after a 7-2 loss to the Royals. The Baltimore Orioles (81-70), who beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in 12 innings, are a half-game behind Cleveland, and the Yankees and Royals are an additional 1 1/2 games back.
The Atlanta Braves moved within two games of sealing the National League East title with a 5-2 win against the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals are third in the NL wild-card standings with an 81-71 record. The Pittsburgh Pirates (87-65), who lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres last night, hold the first wild-card spot, with Cincinnati in second place with an 87-66 mark after a 6-5 win in 13 innings against the Houston Astros last night.