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Clay Holmes has been very good at the back end of the New York Yankees bullpen this season, but he got roughed up in a big way on Sunday, giving up a three-run homer to Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez in the ninth inning, giving the Royals at 8-6 victory.

It was the first homer that Holmes had allowed all season, through 181 batters. The comeback was also very rare —  for both teams. Before Sunday, the Yankees were 55-1 when leading after eight innings and the Royals were 1-55 when trailing after eight.

“Every win is important,” Holmes said. “It’s not a good feeling, especially when you blow the game there at the end. I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen again, especially the same way.” 

Here are Sunday's summaries, a look at Monday's schedule and a breakdown of what the AL playoff pairings would look like if the postseason started today.

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Sunday's summaries

  • ROYALS 8, YANKEES 6: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning off of All-Star closer Clay Holmes to give the the Royals a stunning 8-6 winning, avoiding a sweep. It was the first home run that Holmes has allowed all year through 181 batters. 
  • ASTROS 3, MARINERS 2: Yordan Alvarez singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Houston a 3-2 win over Seattle. He got the hit off of Mariners reliever Brennan Bernardino, who was making his major-league debut. Houston got a great start from Jake Odorizzi, who pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. 
  • PADRES 3, TWINS 2: San Diego got to Twins starter Dylan Bundy and reliever Emilio Pagan for two runs in the sixth inning to grab a 3-2 win. The Twins were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and have lost four of their last five games.
  • BLUE JAYS 4, TIGERS 1: Matt Chapman hit a two-run homer for Toronto, and starter Jose Berrios pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 4-1. Toronto won three of the four games in the series and are now 7-2 since the All-Star break.
  • GUARDIANS 5, RAYS 3: Tampa Bay's Shane McClanahan had the worst outing of his career, giving up five earned runs for the first time ever in a regular season game in the Guardians' 5-3 win.
  • RED SOX 7, BREWERS 2: Jackie Bradley Jr. and J.D. Martinez both had two doubles and Boston exploded for five runs in the fifth inning to beat Milwaukee 7-2. Aaron Ashby took the loss for the Brewers, and is now just 2-9 on the season.
  • REDS 3, ORIOLES 2: Pinch-hitter Brandon Drury hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Felix Bautista to give Cincinnati a 3-2 win over Baltimore. Orioles starter Austin Voth pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits.
  • WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 1: Dylan Cease pitched six strong innings for Chicago, picking up his 11th win of the year in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez hit home runs for the White Sox. 

Monday's playoff contender schedule

  • Seattle Mariners (Marco Gonzales 6-10, 3.66 ERA) at New York Yankees (Domingo German 0-1, 8.22 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN-Plus)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (Zach Davies 2-4, 3.94) at Cleveland Guardians (Cal Quantrill 7-5, 3.97), 7:10 pm. ET
  • Detroit Tigers (Tarik Skubal 7-8, 3.67) at Minnesota Twins (TBA), 7:40 p.m. ET
  • Boston Red Sox (Nathan Eovaldi 4-3, 4.43 ERA) at Houston Astros (Luis Garcia 8-6, 3.81 ERA), 8 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN)
  • Baltimore Orioles (Spenser Watkins 3-1, 4.03 ERA) at Texas Rangers (Jon Gray 7-5, 3.62), 8:05 p.m. ET 
  • Kansas City Royals (Brad Keller 5-11, 4.18 ERA) at Chicago White Sox (Michael Kopech 4-6, 3.16 ERA), 8:10 p.m. ET 
  • Note: The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are off on Monday, but they start a two-game series in St. Petersburg on Tuesday night. 

If the playoffs started today ...

  • No. 1 seed — The New York Yankees (69-34, AL East leader, would get first-round bye) lead Houston by two games for the top seed, and are 11.5 games ahead of Toronto in the AL East race.
  • No. 2 seed — The Houston Astros (67-36, AL West leader, would get first-round bye) lead Minnesota by 13 games for the first-round bye and are 12 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the AL West. 
  • No. 3 seed — The Minnesota Twins (53-48, AL Central leader, would host No. 6 seed in best-of-three first-round series) have a one-game lead over Cleveland and a two-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central race. 
  • No. 4 seed — The Toronto Blue Jays (57-45, wild-card leader, would host No. 5 seed in a best-of-three first-round series) lead the wild-card chase by 2.5 games.
  • No. 5 seed — The Seattle Mariners (55-48, second wild-card team, would play at No. 4 seed Toronto in a best-of-three first-round series). They are a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay for the No. 5 spot. 
  • No. 6 seed — The Tampa Bay Rays (54-48, third wild-card team, would play at No. 3 seed Minnesota in a best-of-three first-round series). They are just 1.5 games ahead of Cleveland for the final playoff spot.

Outside looking in

  • Cleveland Guardians: The Guardians are 52-49, and are 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay for final wild-card spot, picking up a game in the standings after winning two of three games in St. Petersburg over the weekend.
  • Chicago White Sox: The White Sox are 51-50, and are 2.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the final wild-card spot.
  • Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles are 51-51, and are three games behind Tampa Bay for the final wild-card spot.
  • Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox are 51-52, and are 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the final wild-card spot.

Too far back

  • Texas Rangers (46-55, 7.5 games out)
  • Los Angeles Angels (43-59, 11 games out)
  • Detroit Tigers (41-62, 13.5 games out)
  • Kansas City Royals (41-63, 14 games out)
  • Oakland Athletics (39-65, 16.5 games out)