NEW YORK—C.C. Sabathia got clocked early and the Yankees, despite hitting four home runs during a furious rally, kept wobbling toward a playoff spot Saturday with an 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays.
Randal Grichuk hit two homers and doubled, and Kevin Pillar also connected as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak. The Blue Jays exhausted their bullpen, using seven pitchers to hold on.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer with the Yankees down 5-0 in the sixth inning. It was 8-1 in the seventh before Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton homered and Miguel Andujar launched a grand slam.
New York began the day with a 11/2-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild-card slot. The Yankees are just 6-7 this month.
Jays rookie Sean Reid-Foley struck out 10, giving up singles in five shutout innings for his second win. He got even for getting hit hard at Yankee Stadium last month, when Stanton homered off him.
In the fifth, the 23-year-old rookie threw a high-and-tight, tailing fastball that tied up Stanton. The slugger started to swing and went around as he spun out of the way, winding up face-first in the batter’s box, facing the backstop.
A frustrated Stanton slammed his right fist into the dirt — another punchout for Reid-Foley.
Ken Giles earned his 21st save, nine of them since being traded from Houston to Toronto for Roberto Osuna. Giles struck out Gary Sanchez with a runner on second to finish the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
On May 1 with the Astros, Giles allowed a tiebreaking, three-run homer to Sanchez and punched himself in the head after he was removed from the game.
Stanton launched his 34th homer in the seventh. A batter later, Gregorius hit his 26th to break his own Yankees season record for home runs by a shortstop. Andujar’s second slam of his rookie season came against Tyler Clippard and made it a one-run game.
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