For the first seven innings of the game, it looked as if the Yankees were going to drop their fifth straight game, possibly ending their chances of even contending for the Wild Card. They were being shutout by J.A. Happ and they were on the verge of falling deeper into the Wild Card race. Then, the 8th inning rolled around, and the Yankees kept their season alive with a four run outburst, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.
Brendan Ryan started the rally with a lead-off double, chasing Happ after seven innings of work. Curtis Granderson followed with a single, Alex Rodriguez struck out, Robinson Cano had an RBI single, Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double and Vernon Wells had a go ahead single to left field. David Robertson only pitched two-thirds of the inning before Mariano Rivera came in for the four out save.
Phil Hughes and David Huff (3-1) both gave up home runs to the Blue Jays, but Huff was able to stop the bleeding, securing his third win of the season. Out of the bullpen, Huff has looked incredible, incredible enough that he should be considered for the team in 2014 as a bullpen pitcher if the Yankees choose not to re-sign Joba Chamberlain.
With a loss from the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees could move 2.5 games behind for the second Wild Card. The Red Sox and Orioles along with the Rangers and Rays are currently in extra innings.
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