The Toronto Blue Jays secured their first major league playoff qualification in four years with a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night at Sahlen Field.
Hyun-jin Ryu (5-2) delivered a strong performance on the mound for the home side, allowing just five hits and four walks for the Yankees in seven innings of work. The Blue Jays starter also had four strikeouts.
Offensively, Alejandro Kirk stood out by hitting a two-run double in the sixth inning. However, it was Bo Bichette who produced the winning run in the third set with a double. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., meanwhile, made his eighth circuit of the season.
Gio Urshela produced the Yankees' lone run in the eighth inning, hitting a single at the expense of reliever Anthony Bass.
Rafael Dolis signed the rescue, while Jordan Montgomery (2-3) suffered defeat.
The Blue Jays begin their final series of the regular season on Friday at Sahlen Field against the Baltimore Orioles.
A loss that could hurt the Giants
In San Francisco, Raimel Tapia allowed the Colorado Rockies to win 5-4 ahead of the Giants by hitting a sacrifice ball in the 11th inning. Garrett Hampson scored the winning point.
The loss could come back to haunt the Giants, who are in the thick of the fight for a National League playoff berth. Especially since they left three runners on the trails at the end of the 10th round.
Tapia finished the game with two RBIs. Ryan McMahon, Charlie Blackmon and Josh Fuentes produced the other visitors' points.
On the Giants' side, Brandon Belt stood out by slamming his ninth home run of the season, at the end of the eighth inning, to bring the two teams back to a level 4-4.
Daniel Bard (4-2) signed the victory, while the backhand was carried to the record of Trevor Cahill (1-2).
The Indians are getting closer
In Cleveland, the Indians tightened the race in the American's Central Section by defeating the Chicago White Sox by a score of 5-4.
Although the two teams have already qualified for the playoffs, they are still vying for the honors of the section with the Minnesota Twins, who occupy the first place. The Indians are now one game away from the White Sox and two games from the Twins.