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Masahiro Tanaka coughs up 8 runs, Yankees fall to Blue Jays, 8-1

TORONTO — The Yankees will have to wait at least one more day to clinch a playoff spot.

Masahiro Tanaka served up eight runs and three more homers in his latest debacle of an outing, and got little offensive support in an 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday at Rogers Centre.

The Bombers entered with a magic number of two on both the Angels and Rangers to clinch at least a spot in the AL wild-card game. Those two teams were slated to play later Friday.

The Yankees now trail the Red Sox, who beat the Reds, by four games in the AL East with nine games remaining.

Their three-game winning streak is over.

Aaron Judge blasted a 469-foot homer into the second deck in left in the first inning — his 46th of the year — to put the Bombers on top

But Tanaka (5.2 innings pitched, six hits, seven earned runs) allowed homers to Teoscar Hernandez (solo shot), Russell Martin (two-run shot) and Ryan Goins (grand slam), and the Yankees mustered just three hits against Marco Estrada over seven innings.

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Masahiro Tanaka struggled on Friday.

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Tanaka is 12-12 with an unsightly 4.94 ERA.

Judge finished 2-for-2 with a homer, a double and two walks. In 19 September games, he’s hitting .286 with nine homers, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Todd Frazier fell victim to the rare hidden ball trick at second base to end the second inning — a Stick Michael special if there ever was one.

It came after Jose Bautista made a leaping catch to rob Jacoby Ellsbury of extra bases in right. Bautista then fired the ball to Ryan Goins at second. Goins held the ball in his glove instead of throwing it to the pitcher. Frazier took his foot off the base and Goins tagged him for the final out of the frame.

“It was a boneheaded play,” Frazier said.

TURNING POINT

Russell Martin’s line-drive homer off Masahiro Tanaka to left in the fourth inning turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-1 deficit.

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Aaron Judge smacked a solo shot in the first inning.

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PLAYER OF THE GAME

Aaron Judge, who has started to really hit the ball consistently, returning to his first-half form.

STAT OF THE GAME

Masahiro Tanaka has allowed 35 homers this year, tying Phil Hughes (2012) for the second-most in franchise history. Ralph Terry (40 in 1962) holds the record.

UNSUNG HERO

Marco Estrada, who recently signed a one-year, $ 13 million deal with Toronto for 2018, shut down the Yankees.

MIA

Starlin Castro committed an error in the first inning that led to Toronto’s first run. Castro also went 0-for-4 with a strikeout at the plate.

UP NEXT

Saturday at Toronto, 4:07 p.m. Sonny Gray (9-11, 3.38 ERA) vs. Joe Biagini (3-11, 5.33) 

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