The Yankees roller coaster season continued as the Rays’ Brandon Lowe smashed a pair of three-run homers in a 12-2 rout of New York. The Bombers now face a must win game in Sunday’s season finale or miss the postseason entirely. Starter Jordan Montgomery, so solid all season long, picked the wrong time to allow 7 runs, failing to make it out of the 3rd inning. Veteran OF Brett Gardner had no answers for the team’s inconsistency throughout the season especially coming off a strong road trip but said, ‘It kind of makes sense that it would come down to the last day, that seems about right’.
Mitch Haniger drove in five runs and his two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Seattle the lead as the Mariners took their playoff hopes to the final day of the regular season with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. With Seattle’s season on the line, Haniger had an RBI single in the third inning, clubbed his 39th homer in the fifth and came through with the bases loaded in the eighth after Seattle blew a 3-1 lead. Seattle won’t be able to claim one of two AL wild-card spots on the final day of the regular season, but it made game No. 162 matter, which hasn’t been said often during Seattle’s 20-year postseason drought.
Christian Vázquez tripled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox moved to the brink of a postseason berth with a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Boston is tied with the Yankees for the top AL wild card entering the final day of the regular season. The Red Sox will send ace Chris Sale to the mound Sunday needing a victory to punch a playoff ticket.