TORONTO — The Yankees are making the last week of the season very difficult for themselves.
Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Blue Jays beat New York 3-2 on Saturday, dropping the Yankees into a first-place tie with the Orioles in the AL East.
The Yankees went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
"We had chances to blow that game open and we didn't," manager Joe Girardi said. "You look at the opportunities that you have and you say, 'We could have a pretty big lead here,' but we didn't do it."
New York's only hits with runners in scoring position were both singles. Neither drove in a run.
"We had some opportunities tonight, couldn't make it happen," Nick Swisher said. "It's not like we're going to get down on ourselves. We've got to keep pushing, come back here (today) with a fire."
Still, even Swisher conceded that New York's margin for error is thin with just four games remaining.
"(Today) is going to be a must win," he said.