BRandon Lowe hit three homers and The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 12-2 on Saturday, who were unable to secure a postseason ticket.
The starter Jordan Montgomery had a chance to lead his team to the playoffs. Instead, he was shaken with seven earned runs, the highest number of his life, over two and two-thirds innings.
Montgomery (6-7) allowed a pair of early three-run home runs to Lowe, who hit his third homer in the seventh off Michael King.
Even with the embarrassing loss to the 41,648 spectators who booed him at Yankee Stadium, New York could seal their postseason ticket later if Toronto and Seattle go down.
Otherwise, the Yankees will have to seek victory in the last game of the regular season, on Sunday against Tampa Bay. That would be enough for New York to get a wild card ticket.
In fact, the Yankees are guaranteed at least one playoff game, which would take place on Monday, to advance to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.
But after losing the first two games of the series to Tampa Bay, New York no longer controls its destiny to host the wild card game. Now he needs Boston to lose.
The Yankees started the day a game over the Red Sox in the fight for the first wild card passage. Boston played in Washington.