The Marlins (30-28) clinched a playoff spot and left the Yankees (32-26) with a third straight loss.
If the sting from dropping five of their past six games was not enough, the Yankees got an extra jolt for a wake-up call when they saw the Marlins' reaction.
"Not happy about it," said RF Aaron Judge, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and a single to two strikeouts. "I don't like any time somebody celebrates on our field or if we're at somebody else's place and they celebrate on their field. Seen that too much. I don't know what to say for that."
Streaky since a 16-6 start Aug. 17, the Yankees lost seven straight from Aug. 18-28 and then won three in a row against the Mets (Aug. 29-30. A skid followed again, though, as they dropped eight of their next 10 from Aug. 31 through Sept. 8.
After ripping off a 10-game winning streak from Sept. 9-19, the Yankees are back down to earth. With two regular-season games remaining, what does manager Aaron Boone think?
"I know the people we have in that room, the talent and the character, and I know what we're capable of when we play well," Boone said as sounds of an apparent Marlins locker room celebration could be heard in the background. "Clearly, we have to play well and play better than we have. But I know that, if we do that, we can beat and play with anyone."
RHP Deivi Garcia (2-2, 4.88 ERA) looks to get the Yankees back on track with a win against Marlins RHP Trevor Rogers (1-2, 6.84 ERA). As Friday showed, though, the starting rotation has not been a main problem during the Yankees' latest skid.
"I don't know that I'm concerned -- it hasn't been clean or pretty at times -- but if there's one thing we've seen, on the outside of that previous stretch, really, it's any given night things can change and we know who we have in that locker room," said LHP J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 ERA), who allowed three runs on as many hits with three strikeouts to two walks while throwing 58 strikes on 95 pitches. "So we're going to rest and come back tomorrow and, hopefully, put this one behind us and play a little better baseball. We know we can and, again, it's any given day. So we feel like we can turn the page."