Toronto Blue Jays deny New York Yankees lead throughout four-game series for first time since 1924

Bo Bichette opens the game with a homer, and then drives in the winning run to give the Blue Jays their sixth consecutive loss. (0:53).
NEW YORK -- This week, the Yankees were treated to a Bronx battering by the Blue Jays. It was something they hadn't seen in almost 100 years.

They also came within half-game of New York in the AL wild card final on Thursday night, winning 6-4 to cap a four-game sweep.

Manager Charlie Montoyo stated, "It's difficult to come and be relaxed in Yankee Stadium. "They did it for four games."

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees didn't have a lead in the series. This is the first time they've had that happen in a series of more than four games since 1924 against Washington Senators. Before Thursday night, the Yankees had won 1,250 series with four or more games and held the lead at least once.

Aaron Boone, Yankees manager, said that the team had just endured a terrible homestand. It's not okay. We've seen this all season. It's back again. We are looking forward to getting out there and changing this tomorrow. It can go sideways as fast as it has here.

Bo Bichette hit a leadoff homer and scored the tiebreaking run in seventh. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also homered in the seventh to complete Toronto's first four game sweep of the Bronx. The Blue Jays now have eight consecutive wins, their longest winning streak in a row since 2015.

The Yankees have now lost six of 12 and 10 of 12. This is a shocking collapse after a 13-game winning streak which propelled them to top of the wild card race. They were one game behind Boston, which was still in the lead.

Jose Berros (11-7), the Yankees' dominant pitcher, won until Anthony Rizzo's home run in the sixth which tied the score at 2. After 109 pitches, the right-hander was pulled after only two innings. He was charged with two outs and struck out eight.

Bichette scored the first of his three homers with his 22nd homer in the ninth. Guerrero's ninth-inning solo shot against Andrew Heaney made it 5-2. Guerrero, 22, finished second in the majors behind Angels star Shohei Ohtani (43 homers).

Due to Canada's coronavirus protocol, the Blue Jays split the home games of their 2020 regular season with the first half of the year. Montoyo said that while they finally returned to Rogers Centre in July, all of their discomfort helped to adapt to the demands of playing on the road.

He said, "They never complain, which is why we're here right now." It's amazing what our team has accomplished. It's been a great night for us. I am so proud of our team.

This story used information from The Associated Press.


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