NEW YORK -- The Yankees lost two of three in this important series against the Jays. Toronto took sole possession of the second wild card. The Yankees finished the successful homestand 7-3.
Clutch: After falling behind by a run in the top of the eighth, the Yankees got it right back. Brett Gardner led off with a single and moved to second on a Derek Jeter bunt. After Jacoby Ellsbury lined out to left, Carlos Beltran came through and knocked the game-tying single to left off Aaron Sanchez.
Bet on, Dellin: With the game tied, Dellin Betances had to clean up David Huff's mess in the seventh. After Huff allowed back-to-back singles, Betances entered and showed why he was an All-Star by escaping the inning without allowing a run or a hit.
McCann can play first: In the seventh, Betances intentionally walked Jose Bautista to load the bases. Next, Melky Cabrera hit a grounder right at McCann. McCann cleanly made the play and then threw home in the dirt. There, Francisco Cervelli made a nice scoop for the forceout.
Or maybe not: In the eighth, Betances and McCann had a little mix-up. After walking leadoff man Colby Rasmus, Betances tried to pick Rasmus off and threw wide. The play looked strange because McCann didn't come close to catching it. It was ruled an error on Betances, as Rasmus moved to third. Rasmus scored on a sac fly from Munenori Kawasaki to give the Jays the eighth inning lead.
Back-to-back: Down two runs in the fifth, Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli hit back-to-back homers to tie the game. It was Headley's first homer as a Yankee, and according to my Twitter followers, John Sterling's call was, "You can bank on Chase. Headley is deadly." Headley continues to impress in his first week as a Yankee. Cervelli's homer was his first of the year. It just scraped off the glove of the Jays' leaping right-fielder, Cabrera.
Greene's day: Heading into this start, Greene had not allowed a hit in the first inning. Batters were 0-for-19. That changed when Jose Reyes led off with a bunt single. Greene ended up going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits.
Tulo in the house: Was the next Yankee shortstop at the stadium on Sunday? We'll see, but Troy Tulowitzki was in the house. He apparently was in town for a doctor's appointment. He was in the Legends Seats and off-limits to the media.
On deck: The Yankees begin their six-game, two-city road trip on Monday in Texas. After three with the Rangers, it is on to Boston next weekend for three with the last-place Red Sox. Here are your pitching matchups against the Rangers: