MIAMI – With seven weeks left in the season, the New York Yankees already are running out of time.
Jake Burger’s game-ending single capped a five-run, ninth-inning comeback against Clay Holmes and Tommy Kahnle, giving the Miami Marlins an 8-7 win Sunday.
“The mountain gets bigger with every loss,” Holmes said. “We have to put together some wins and string them together and get some momentum going.”
Last-place New York (60-58) led 7-1 in the sixth inning behind ace Gerrit Cole but dropped five games back of the AL’s last wild card berth and is on track to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The Yankees lost when leading by four runs in the ninth inning for the first time since July 11, 2021. New York is 3-8-1 in its last 12 series and has lost six straight rubber games of three-game series.
“Difficult way to end the series but we’ve got to move on,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We know we have to rack up wins and as tough as this one is to swallow, you have to move on from it.”
Burger, who had three hits, cut the deficit to 7-2 with an RBI single in the sixth off Cole. Wandy Peralta walked Josh Bell leading off the eighth and Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI double off Kenyan Middleton.
Holmes (4-3), who had given up three runs in 35 games since May 6, allowed Yuli Gurriel’s double leading off the ninth. Nick Fortes singled on a ball up the middle that rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe couldn’t come up with.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. walked and Bell hit a one-hopper that bounced off Holmes’ glove and went to the third-base side. The reliever gloved the ball and rushed a throw past first for an error as Gurriel and Fortes scored.
Luis Arraez, hitting a major league-leading .367, grounded a triple down the right-field line for his third hit, tying the score 7-7.
“I’m facing a closer with nasty stuff,” Arraez said. “His pitches move but I’m always positive. I was looking for contact and thank God he hung me a sinker and I managed to hit it down the line.”
Kahnle relieved and walked De La Cruz, who advanced on defensive indifference. With Oswaldo Cabrera part of a five-infield, Burger lined a single to left for his seventh hit in 12 at-bats during the series.
“I’m just thinking sac fly, something up,” Burger said. “Fortunately, I got something up and was able to drive it to left field.”
Burger and Bell were acquired at the trade deadline as the Marlins seek their first postseason berth over a 162-game schedule since their 2003 World Series championship run.
“The guys in this clubhouse have been awesome to us,” Burger said. “I’ve been talking about it literally since minute one. Stepping into this clubhouse I feel I’ve been part of the team. Kind of get emotional talking about that because it’s hard to find a group of guys like that.”
Combined with Washington’s 8-7 win over Oakland behind a six-run ninth, it was the first day with two comebacks from four-run-or-more deficits in the ninth inning or later since July 9, 2010.
Jorge López (6-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win before 35,043, the Marlins’ season high at home.
“These guys don’t stop believing,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “It’s just a thing in the clubhouse, a thing in the dugout. The guys that we acquired they believe in it. There’s no stop.”
Cole gave up two runs and six hits in six innings for New York, which starts a series Monday at major league-leading Atlanta.
Volpe and Ben Rortvedt homered for the Yankees. Volpe has a team-high nine homers with runners on base and 16 homers overall. Rortvedt’s homer was his first for New York.
Gleyber Torres had a career-high three stolen bases. Aaron Judge was 0 for 3 with two walks on the seventh anniversary of his major league debut.
Marlins starter Eury Pérez gave up four runs and four hits in four innings.
Plate umpire James Hoye ejected Yankees assistant hitting coach Brad Wilkerson in the eighth for arguing a called third strike against Volpe.
The weekend series drew 100,001 as the Marlins topped 30,000 for each day of a three-game home series for the first time since June 9-11, 2012, the ballpark’s initial season.
Saturday’s game took 2 hours, 3 minutes, the shortest nine-inning Yankees game since June 12, 1992, which lasted exactly two hours.
Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (right calf tightness) sat out his fifth straight game. ... LHP Carlos Rodón (left hamstring strain) will travel to the club’s spring training complex in Tampa for simulated games.
Marlins: OF-DH Jorge Soler (stomach virus) missed his second consecutive game but was on deck to pinch hit before Burger’s single ... RHP Tommy Nance (right elbow surgery) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.
Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt (8-6, 4.23 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta, which goes with LHP Max Fried 3-1, 2.50,
Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (6-3, 4.08) starts Monday against visiting Houston and LHP Framber Valdez (9-7, 3.30).
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