On the brink of irrelevance just two weeks ago the Yankees continue to vault higher and higher in the playoff chase by completing a four-game three-day demolition of the Blue Jays with a 5-3 victory Thursday.

The Yankees (68-59) have now won five in a row and 11 of their last 14. They are suddenly 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race. In the most tense moment of the afternoon Boone Logan ceased a seventh-inning Toronto rally by striking out slugger Adam Lind.

The Yankees pulled away during a three-run sixth inning. Already ahead by one the Yankees padded the lead by loading the bases with a trio of walks then watching Eduardo Nunez crack a two-run single. Chris Stewart plated a third run with an RBI groundout.

Andy Pettitte turned in six innings with only one run allowed. He did not cruise –four hits and three walks – but he allowed just one extra-base hit. And he worked his final frame with a lead thanks to a bizarre sequence in the fifth.

Here was the setting. There was one out. Vernon Wells batted with the bases loaded. He lined a changeup out toward center. Rajai Davis broke forward and slid to make the catch.

From here chaos ensued.

Television replays showed Davis caught the ball. As he did the top of his glove flexed across the grass. The umpires ruled it a trap.