Boston clinches 1st postseason berth since '09
APBOSTON -- Boston clinched its first postseason berth since 2009 with a 3-1 win over Baltimore on Thursday night.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Coming off a last-place finish and a 69-93 record — their most losses since 1965, the Red Sox have rebounded under first-year manager John Farrell and ensured at least a wild-card berth in the postseason. They lowered their magic number to two for clinching the AL East.
Boston scored all its runs in the second on Stephen Drew's two-run homer and Dustin Pedroia's RBI single.
John Lackey (10-12) held the Orioles hitless until Adam Jones homered with one out in the seventh, his 32nd this season. The right-hander allowed a one-out single to J.J. Hardy in the eighth, striking out eight and walked two in his 16th career complete game.
Chris Tillman (16-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Rangers 8, Rays 2 Elvis Andrus drove in three runs as Texas beat Tampa for a split of their four-game series that left the teams tied atop the AL wild-card race.
The Rangers won the season series with the Rays 4-3, earning home-field advantage should the teams finish in tie for the two wild-card spots. They each have 10 games left.
The Indians, meanwhile, pulled within a half-game of the leaders by beating Houston 2-1 in 11 innings. Cleveland has nine remaining.
Yu Darvish won for the first time in seven starts since Aug. 12. Darvish (13-9) made it through five innings despite walking six.
Mitch Moreland, Andrus and Alex Rios homered off Matt Moore in the third inning to put the Rangers ahead to stay.
Craig Gentry had four of the Rangers' 16 hits and three of their five stolen bases, the most against the Rays this season.
Moore (15-4) gave up six runs, five earned, while striking out six in four innings.
Indians 2, Astros 1, 11 Innings Matt Carson's single with two outs in the 11th inning gave Cleveland the win as it closed within a half-game in the AL wild card race.
Yan Gomes singled with one out against Rhiner Cruz (0-2), and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single.
Trevor Crowe caught Michael Brantley's liner to center and nearly doubled Gomes off second, and Mike Aviles loaded the bases with a walk.
Carson hit a grounder under the glove of second baseman Jose Altuve for Cleveland's 10th walkoff win this season.
Tampa Bay and Texas (83-69) are tied for the two wild cards.
Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched the 11th for the win.