The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees might not be in panic mode at the moment, but they aren’t going to be too far away from it either. That’s because the Toronto Blue Jays are surging at the moment. After Wednesday, they have won seven games on the bounce, and their latest ‘W’ came at the hands of the aforementioned Yankees in a 6-3 result that just so happened to also be the Bronx Bombers’ fifth consecutive loss. Brett Gardner’s three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth had gotten the hosts level, but they didn’t hold parity for too long as the streaking visitors put one on the board each in the seventh and eighth frames.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. then put the icing on top of the cake in the top of the ninth when he went yard for his 41st dinger of the season off Aroldis Chapman, preserving the lead. In addition to drawing the Jays closer in the Wild Card battle- they are now 1.5 back of the Yankees- they also knocked the Yankees off the top spot. It’s going to be a very tight, tense, and interesting battle the rest of the way in the AL East to see which one (or two) make it to that one-game play-in. Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants got their fourth straight win on Wednesday as they knocked off the Colorado Rockies 7-4. Down 4-3 headed into the top half of the ninth, they needed a rally and got it in a big way as LaMonte Wade, Jr. and Evan Longoria each produced two RBI’s to flip the game on its head. With the win, they went back ahead of the Dodgers by two games in the NL West standings, giving them just a bit of breathing room in the process.