Sánchez error leads to 7-run inning, Indians drop Yanks 11-3

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New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez misses a pop fly by Cleveland Indians’ Oscar Mercado in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK — Gary Sánchez failed to catch a foul popup that led to a seven-run fifth inning capped by Andrés Giménez’s three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Yankees 11-3  to drop New York out of a playoff position.

Franmil Reyes hit an RBI double off Albert Abreu in the big fifth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth against Andrew Heaney.

New York has 13 games left and began the day a half-game ahead of Toronto for the second AL wild card.

The Yankees dropped 1 1/2 games behind wild card-leading Boston.

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