Game 142. Yanks snap losing streak, edge Mets 8-7. Tied with Toronto for final playoff spot.

The Yankees got a much needed win last night on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, edging the Mets 8-7 to snap a 7-game losing streak.

Since Toronto swept a doubleheader from the awful Orioles, the Yanks and Toronto are in a dead-heat tie for the final wild card spot with 20 games to go. So you can see how much the win was needed.

Boston 81-63 holds top wild card spot for now.
Yanks and Toronto tied at 79-63, one game behind Boston
Seattle and Oakland tied at 77-65, three games back of Boston and two behind the Yanks and Toronto.

Of course, the win didn’t come easy, even though it briefly appeared as if it would.

The Yanks got five runs in the top of the second, on three home runs. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single, and one out later, Kyle Higashioka homered (10) to put the Yanks up 2-0. After another out, D.J. LeMahieu singled. Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (8) and Aaron Judge followed him (31) as Gardner and Judge went back-to-back. 5-0 Yankees.

But the Yanks bats then went silent for a long time, and their pitchers couldn’t hold the lead. Corey Kluber gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second inning, and a solo HR to Javier Baez in the bottom of the third, and it was 5-4 Yankees.

James McCann hit a 2-run HR in the sixth off of Chad Green, and the Mets were up 6-5. They added another run in the seventh off of Clay Holmes and going into the eighth, had a 7-5 lead.

Gardner led off the top of the eighth with a single, and Judge followed with his second HR of the game (32) to tie the score at 7. Giancarlo Stanton then singled and was PR for by Andrew Velazquez. One out later, Gleyber Torres singled Velazquez to second. Luke Voit PH for Holmes, and grounded into a force out. In trying to get Voit for the inning-ending DP, 2B Baez made a throwing error that enabled Velazquez to score what turned out to be the winning run. 8-7 Yankees.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (8)
Judge 2 hits, 2 HR (32), 3 RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2-run HR (10)

Kluber 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.02
Luetge 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.84
Green (BS, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.21
Holmes (W, 7-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.14 (Pit/NYY)
Abreu (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.24
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.78

Tonight’s game is the ESPN Sunday night game. Given the Yanks’ injury situation on the pitching staff, and how much each reliever has been used recently (the Yanks used six pitchers last night), don’t be surprised if #5 prospect Clarke Schmidt comes up from AAA to make the start. As of now, no starter has been named.

Jonathan Davis, recently DFA’d, cleared waivers and was outrighted to SWB.

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