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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 5: Yankees rally three times, can't do it a fourth

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The Yankees didn't go down easily, until they did.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Three separate times the Yankees managed to come from behind against the Blue Jays. But every time they managed to tie it, the Blue Jays came right back to retake the lead. And after Toronto took a lead for the fourth time, the Yankees couldn't come up with one last answer. The Blue Jays came away with a 5-4 win over the Yankees in the series finale.

Toronto got on the board early in the top of the first. Jose Reyes led off the game with an infield single, followed by Melky Cabrera lacing a double to right. Greene then got Jose Bautista to ground out, but that scored Reyes. Shane Greene escaped the inning with no more damage done, but the Blue Jays now had a 1-0 lead.

Greene settled down after that, but so did the Yankees' offense. Through four innings, the Yankees managed just one hit against J.A. Happ.

In the top of the fifth, the Blue Jays' offense picked up another run. Juan Francisco led off the top of the fifth inning with a home run that made it 2-0.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees finally got on the board. Chase Headley hit a one-out, solo home run to cut the Blue Jays' lead in half. The next person up was Francisco Cervelli, and he too went deep. Headley and Cervelli went back-to-back and suddenly the game was tied.

In the top of the sixth, the Blue Jays took the lead right back. Dan Johnson hit a one-out single and came around to score when Colby Rasmus doubled. After the double, Greene's day would be done. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. David Huff came in and got two outs to keep the deficit at one run.

But in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees got that run back thanks to a bit of luck. With one out in the inning, Derek Jeter reached on a single. Jacoby Ellsbury came up next. After a ten-pitch at bat, Ellsbury worked a walk, putting two on with one out. Carlos Beltran came up next but he grounded into a force out at third. That left the inning up to Brian McCann. McCann grounded one to second, but Bautista couldn't handle the throw to first. That allowed McCann to reach safely and Ellsbury scored, tying the game at three.

Huff remained in the game for the top of the seventh, but after allowing two-straight singles, Dellin Betances was brought in. It got pretty nerve-wracking, but Dellin got out of the jam and kept the game tied.

After the Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, Betances came back out for the eighth. He got out of trouble the inning before, but in the eighth, he got himself right back in some. Betances walked Rasmus to start the inning and then threw away a pick-off throw to first, which allowed Rasmus to go all the way to third. Munenori Kawasaki then hit a fly out to left field that was deep enough to score Rasmus and make it 4-3. Betances came back and got a strikeout for the second out, but would be pulled after that. Adam Warren came in and got the last out in the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees rallied yet again. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single. Jeter came up next and very predictably laid down a bunt. Ellsbury then flew out, leaving the inning up to Beltran. Beltran wound up singling, scoring Gardner and tying the game again.

But in the top of the ninth, the Blue Jays once again took the lead. Cabrera reached when he hit a one-out single off David Robertson. Bautista came up next. While he wound up grounding into a fielder's choice at second, he would steal second during the next at bat, putting the go ahead run in scoring position. Dioner Navarro then dropped a single into right-center field. That scored Bautista and made it 5-4 Toronto.

In the bottom of the ninth, there would not be a fourth comeback. The Blue Jays sealed a 5-4 win and a series win over the Yankees.

The Yankees will now head to Texas for a series against the Rangers. Tomorrow's starters will be David Phelps and Yu Darvish and first pitch will be at 8:05 eastern.

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