Brandon Lowe hit three dwelling runs and the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to a 12-2 blowout of the Yankees on Saturday that prevented New York from clinching a playoff spot.

With an opportunity to pitch his group into the postseason, Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery as a substitute was rocked for a career-worst seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up a pair of early three-run homers to Lowe, who additionally went deep within the seventh in opposition to Michael King.

Even with the embarrassing defeat earlier than a booing Yankee Stadium crowd of 41,648, New York may nonetheless punch its postseason ticket Saturday with losses by Toronto and Seattle later within the day.

Or, a victory within the scheduled regular-season finale Sunday in opposition to Tampa Bay would assure the Yankees an AL wild card.

New York is assured a minimum of a tiebreaker sport Monday that might put the group within the playoffs for the fifth straight season. But after dropping the primary two video games of this sequence, the Yankees now not management their very own future to host the wild-card sport. They now want a Boston loss to take action.

New York started the day with a one-game lead over the Red Sox for the league’s prime wild card. Boston was enjoying at Washington.

Lowe batted within the eighth with a chance to match the main league file of 4 dwelling runs in a sport. He evaded a 93 mph fastball from Joely Rodriguez that was means inside, then grounded out to first base.

Lowe and Mike Zunino homered back-to-back off Montgomery (6-7) within the third to make it 7-1. Austin Meadows added a three-run shot within the seventh because the AL East champion Rays (100-61) reached 100 wins for the primary time in group historical past.

Tampa Bay, which has already wrapped up home-field benefit all through the American League playoffs, had by no means earlier than been 39 video games over .500.

Zunino, Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco had three hits apiece for the Rays, who outhit New York 19-4.

Luis Patino (5-3) labored two hitless innings for the win.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: With supervisor Kevin Cash seeking to relaxation 1B Ji-Man Choi and INF Joey Wendle, catcher Francisco Mejía made his first profession begin at first base.

Yankees: 3B DJ LeMahieu missed his second consecutive sport with a sports activities hernia that may require offseason surgical procedure, however the two-time batting champion will try and play by the damage in October. He obtained a cortisone injection Friday and the group hopes he can return to the lineup Sunday … 1B Luke Voit in all probability will probably be sidelined for a minimum of a few weeks with left knee irritation. Voit, positioned on the 10-day injured record Thursday, may probably return later in October if the Yankees advance deep sufficient within the postseason, supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned.

ROSTER MOVES

Rays: Recalled RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Durham and optioned RHP Louis Head, who stayed with the large league group on the taxi squad.

Yankees: Recalled infielder Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned reliever Albert Abreu to their prime farm membership. Velazquez began at shortstop and Gio Urshela shifted again to 3rd base, his pure place.

UP NEXT

RHP Michael Wacha (3-5, 5.26 ERA) pitches the regular-season finale Sunday for Tampa Bay. New York had not introduced a starter — Jameson Taillon (proper ankle) is an choice after throwing a profitable bullpen Friday.