Boston Red Sox AL East magic number down to one


Boston can clinch the AL East title with a 12th straight win or a Toronto loss as Big Papi begins his final three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning.

Porcello is first Boston pitcher to have 22 wins since Martinez had 23 in his AL Cy Young Award winning season in 1999. Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-11, 3.57 ERA) is 6-3 with a 2.57 ERA since August 1.

Following a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on September 10, the Yankees were one game out in the Wild Card race and three games out of first.

"You gotta understand what it meant to me, Pedro [Martinez] and Manny [Ramirez] - three guys from the Dominican Republic", Ortiz wrote.

Their sweep against the Yankees would not be their first sweep either. NY dropped the first three, scoring just three runs between them. Ortiz hit a home run in the top of the 16th. Although it took a good functioning as a team, Ramirez was a big contributor with the home-run ball.

The game not only marked the end of the Dodgers' regular-season home schedule, it culminated a weekend of festivities honoring Vin Scully.

Boston's magic number is at one entering Tuesday.

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Cruz had four homers in the series, including one in each game for the Marlins, who kept pace in the American League wild-card race. Kelly gave up a leadoff single to Shaffer, but then struck out the next two batters.

Since entering the rotation August 20, he is 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA and allowed six hits or less in each outing and three runs or less in six of those starts. Seattle is 2ᄑ games back for the second AL wild card. If the Toronto Blue Jays lose both Monday night and Tuesday, Boston will have an opportunity to celebrate with a win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez had 13 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in a no decision.

Phillies 10, Mets 8: NY fell behind 10-0 by the fourth inning, then fell short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history. One long ball would move him out of a tie with Mickey Vernon and match Goose Goslin, a former teammate of Walter Johnson on the Washington Senators, for the most career home runs as a visitor of any Yankee Stadium. The Mets put two on before Michael Mariot got his second save by retiring Lucas Duda on a popup and Travis d'Arnaud on a comebacker. Pedroia's base-running play to score the go-ahead run wasn't as loud as his grand slam the game prior. Randal Grichuk added three RBIs and Jhonny Peralta had three hits.

Evan Longoria's 10th inning single was his 169th hit on the season tying a career high previously done in 2010. The 26-year-old notched a quality start in six of his last seven outings but allowed at least one home run in all by one of those turns.

Baltimore reclaimed its hold on the second AL wildcard by downing Arizona 6-1, helped by Mark Trumbo hitting his league-leading 45th homer.

Charlie Culberson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers the National League West championship with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Cessa is solid though, pitching a strong start against Tampa Bay on Thursday despite a 2-0 loss.