Blue Jays near crown as Yankees fall to Red Sox

Blake Swihart of the Boston Red Sox hits a two run home run in the eighth inning as Brian McCann of the New York Yankees defends, at Yankee Stadium in New York, on September 29, 2015 (AFP Photo/Elsa)

New York (AFP) - The Toronto Blue Jays moved a step closer to clinching a Major League Baseball division crown despite being rained out, thanks to a loss by their nearest rivals, the New York Yankees.

Boston catcher Blake Swihart on Tuesday smashed two home runs that produced five runs as the Red Sox ripped the host Yankees 10-4, slowing New York's bid to clinch a playoff position.

The Yankees' loss left the Blue Jays, who were at 91-65 after being rained out in Baltimore, on the verge of clinching the division crown over New York 86-71.

Only one by victory by Toronto, which will play twice Wednesday against Baltimore, or one Yankees loss will be enough to give the Blue Jays their first American League East division title in 22 years.

Toronto has not seen a playoff game since Joe Carter's walkoff homer clinched the 1993 World Series crown for the Blue Jays over Philadelphia.

The Blue Jays are battling Kansas city for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.