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Jameson Taillon delivers a pitch Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Taillon has a torn tendon in his right ankle and was placed on the injured list. Adam Hunger/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Yankees starter Jameson Taillon was added to the 10-day injured list Thursday with a partial tear of a tendon in his right ankle, and manager Aaron Boone also said reliever Zack Britton has had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The reeling Yankees are feeling more optimistic about ace Gerrit Cole, who left a start Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness. Cole played catch Thursday and plans to throw a bullpen session Friday or Saturday with an eye toward a return to game action Monday or Tuesday.

The Yankees have lost six straight and 10 of 12 after Toronto completed a four-game sweep with a 6-4 win Thursday night. New York is now a game behind Boston for the first AL wild card and just a half-game ahead of the Blue Jays for the second wild card.

Boone said Taillon felt discomfort in his ankle toward the end of a start Monday, when he pitched three-run ball over seven innings in an 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays. He had a PRP injection and was in a walking boot Wednesday and Thursday, Boone said. He’s hopeful to be out of the boot Friday, and there’s a chance he only misses one start.

There isn’t concern that Taillon would worsen the injury by pushing it, Boone said.

“It sounds worse than it is, but his body is going to tell us what he’s able to handle,” he added.

Taillon is 8-6 with a 4.41 ERA over 27 starts in his first season with the Yankees. Prior to this year, he hadn’t pitched since May 1, 2019, while with Pittsburgh because of Tommy John surgery.

Britton was operated on by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He had the UCL in his left elbow reconstructed and also had a bone chip removed. Boone was uncertain about a timetable for Britton’s return, although the typical Tommy John surgery recovery is 12-18 months.

Britton, 33, was 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 22 games this season and last pitched Aug. 19. New York has already picked up the $14 million option of Britton’s contract for 2022. He can become a free agent after that.

BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 4: Bo Bichette thumped a leadoff homer in the first inning and singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 42nd homer, and visiting Toronto held off skidding New York for its eighth straight win.

The Blue Jays completed their first four-game sweep in the Bronx since 2003. Toronto has its longest winning streak since an 11-game spurt in 2015.

ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, and Oakland won at home.

Manaea (9-9) allowed one run and five hits in his first win since July 28. The left-hander went 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in his previous six starts.

Tony Kemp put the A’s ahead with a run-scoring triple against Reynaldo López (3-2) in the second. The White Sox tied it when Jose Abreu singled home Cesar Hernandez in the third, giving him 104 RBI.

Oakland answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the third. López attempted to pick off Starling Marte at second base, but his throw went into center field, allowing Marte to score and Matt Olson to go from first to third. Matt Chapman then drove in Olson with a sacrifice fly.

CARDINALS 2, DODGERS 1: Tyler O’Neill hit a tiebreaking homer, Cardinals relievers combined for five scoreless innings, and St. Louis salvaged a split of its four-game series against visiting Los Angeles.

The Cardinals climbed within three games of the San Diego Padres for the final NL wild-card spot, while the Dodgers fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.

O’Neill’s fifth-inning drive off Phil Bickford (3-2), his 25th homer this season, barely cleared the left-field wall, inching past the outstretched glove of Steven Souza Jr.

The blast made a winner out of Alex Reyes (6-8), who pitched two scoreless innings in his fifth appearance since being demoted from the closer’s role.

BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 6: Joc Pederson’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Atlanta to a win over Washington.

Ozzie Albies opened the 10th on second and advanced to third on a flyout. He scampered home on Pederson’s bases-loaded single against Wander Suero (2-3).

Stephen Vogt hit two solo homers for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler also connected.

The NL East-leading Braves moved 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia

ROCKIES 4, PHILLIES 3: Pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying Colorado to a win at Philadelphia.

Bryce Harper hit his 30th home run of the season to bolster his MVP candidacy, and the Phillies looked as if they were going to start a pivotal home stretch with a victory before the bullpen blew its 30th save of the season.

MARLINS 3, METS 2: Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and Miami beat visiting New York.

INDIANS 4, TWINS 1: Franmil Reyes, Oscar Mercado and José Ramirez homered, and Cleveland scored for the first time in three games to beat visiting Minnesota.

ROYALS 6, ORIOLES 0: Carlos Hernández pitched six impressive innings, and Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier homered as Kansas City won at Baltimore.

Hernández (6-1) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out one.

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