NEW YORK (AP) – Brandon Lowe hit three homers and the Tampa Bay Rays thrashed the New York Yankees 12-2 on Saturday night, who were unable to secure a postseason ticket.
Starter Jordan Montgomery had a chance to lead his team to the playoffs. Instead, he was hit with a career-high seven earned runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Montgomery (6-7) allowed a pair of early three-run home runs to Lowe, who hit his third homer in the seventh off Michael King.
Even with the embarrassing loss to the 41,648 spectators who booed him at Yankee Stadium, New York will have to wait until the last day of the regular role to seal its postseason ticket or play a playoff.
The Yankees will have to seek victory in the last game of the regular season, on Sunday against Tampa Bay. That would be enough for New York to get a wild card ticket.
In fact, the Yankees are guaranteed at least one tiebreaker game, to be held on Monday, to advance to the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.
But after losing the first two games of the series to Tampa Bay, New York no longer controls its destiny to host the wild card game. Now he needs the Boston Red Sox to lose.
The Yankees started the day a game over the Red Sox, who beat the Washington Nationals to catch up with them in the fight for the first wild card spot.
The victory went to Colombian Luis Patiño (5-3), who resolved two innings without accepting a hit.
For the Rays, the Cubans Randy Arozarena 4-3 with two runs scored, Yandy Diaz 4-0 with one run scored. The Dominicans Wander Franco 6-3 with two runs scored and one produced, Nelson Cruz 5-2, Manuel Margot 5-2 with one scored, Francisco Mejía 4-2.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 4-0. Colombian Gio Urshela 4-1 with an RBI. The Dominican Gary Sánchez 3-0.