It didn’t look good. The Yanks were down 3-0 in the sixth to one of the top pitchers in the game in Chris Archer, and the scoreboard showed that Toronto was winning again.
Then in two consecutive swings of the bat, the Yanks went up 4-3 and held on for a 6-4 win. The win keeps the Yanks 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East.
Ivan Nova went six innings, giving up two runs in the second and another in the third. The Yanks put nothing on the scoreboard until the sixth.
With one out, Ellsbury singled. With two out, Beltran walked. McCann tied the game with a 3-run HR (25) and on the very next pitch, A-Rod homered (28, 682 career) to put the Yanks up 4-3.
The Yanks scored a run in the seventh to make it 5-3. A Tampa Bay HR in the eighth cut it to 5-4 but the Yanks got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Didi Gregorius single.
A-Rod tied Rod Carew on the all-time hit list with 3053. He is now two behind Rickey Henderson and seven behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.
Nova (W, 6-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 6 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.08
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.40
Miller (31st save) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.80
The Yanks are 76-59, and currently have the #1 wild card spot by five games over Texas. The magic # for gettting into the wild card game is 21 over Minnesota.