TORONTO -- The Yankees are back in the postseason. Greg Bird cracked a three-run homer to support Sonny Gray's solid effort as the Yankees posted a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre, ensuring that this exciting crop of "Baby Bombers" can count on a taste of high-stakes baseball this October.
Bird's three-run blast in the fifth inning, his sixth of an injury-shortened season, came off Joe Biagini and was all the support that Gray needed to pick up his fourth victory in 10 starts since joining New York in a July 31 trade.
Yankees clinch Playoff berth with win over Blue Jays
The right-hander limited Toronto to Teoscar Hernandez's solo homer among four hits over six sharp innings, walking three and striking out four.
The victory guarantees the Yankees at least the second American League Wild Card, marking their first playoff action since 2015. The Yanks trail the Red Sox by four games in the American League East. They lead the Twins by six games for the first AL Wild Card, pending the outcome of Minnesota's game at Detroit.
Todd Frazier padded the Yankees' advantage with a solo home run in the eighth inning off Tim Mayza. It was Frazier's 27th homer of the season and his 11th with New York. Starlin Castro knocked in the fifth run with a ninth-inning infield single.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bird is the word: Biagini permitted just three hits in a 74-pitch effort, but one of them traveled a long way. Chase Headley and Starlin Castro reached base as Biagini issued walks to two of the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning. The righty then challenged Bird with a 91.1-mph cutter that Bird launched a Statcast-calculated 399 feet to right-center field. The ball came off Bird's bat at 105.7 mph with a launch angle of 24 degrees.
Gardy's got it: Gray started to lose the strike zone in the sixth inning, as he issued five-pitch walks to Justin Smoak and Kendrys MoralesKevin Pillarjumped on a 2-1 curveball and mashed it toward the gap in left-center field, but Brett Gardner -- a 2016 AL Gold Glove Award winner -- flagged the potential extra-base hit down to pin the runners. Gray then got Ryan Goinsto ground out, ending the inning.
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