The New York Yankees stumbled again in what appears to be an increasingly futile September, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Thursday night for their fifth defeat in six games.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the first inning as J.P. Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to third base at Rogers Centre in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images)

Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the sixth. Adam Lind added a three-run homer in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain.

New York, which began the night 2 1/2 games back for the second AL wild-card berth, lost two of three in Toronto while scoring just six runs and hitting .198 (19 for 96).

In danger of missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons, the Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against San Francisco and Tampa Bay -- what could be Mariano Rivera's final games in the Bronx -- then close with a three-game interleague series at Houston.

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