Boston Red Sox's magic number drops to one

Boston Red Sox Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez got the Sox on the board first with an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning. The current Red Sox roster only has 43 at-bats against McCullers, with 13 hits, for a.302 average. Rodriguez would last only 1.2 innings and allowed five earned runs, the last two of which came via a home run to Alex Bregman. The right-hander struck out 5 and walked 1 among 101 pitches.

Jay Bruce homered and Edwin Encarnacion had three RBIs for the Indians, who scored all of their runs in the second and third innings.

The Astros are AL West champs.

DENVER - Colorado moved closer to reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009 after walloping Los Angeles.

Obviously, the Red Sox didn't envision Price coming out of the bullpen when they signed him to a seven-year, $217 million contract.

Chad Bettis, backed by an early barrage of home runs, made one of the best starts this season for the Rockies since coming back from testicular cancer and returning to their rotation August 14.

If you only count Price's production as a reliever, those pitchers own a combined 1.05 ERA this season. Reigning Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello has taken a couple steps back, posting a 4.65 ERA. Vogt was 2-for-4 for the Brewers, delivering their first three runs.

Ramirez grounded out with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning and is 0-for-9 on the season with the bases loaded and two out. Bettis (2-4) allowed 1 run over 7 innings, retiring the final 14 batters he faced. Matt Belisle notched his ninth save with a ideal ninth inning for the Twins, who will visit NY or Boston on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game. ABreg quieted the crowd early with a third-inning single that drove home Derek Fisher, and then really quieted them in the fifth inning with a towering two-run homer, his second shot over the Green Monster in two days. The Astros recorded their second 100-win season in franchise history.

The Rangers ended a seven-game losing streak as Shin-Soo Choo smacked a two-run homer and Nomar Mazara singled home a pair in a 5-3 verdict over the Athletics.

From there, Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout for his 22nd save. Reliever Justin Grimm pitched a one-two-three ninth inning for his first save of the season.

"It's just a game when it comes down to it". The Blue Jays also might, as the team has a chance to not finish last place in the AL East.

The outlook isn't any brighter with Fister, a pitcher the Red Sox picked up off the scrap heap when they were desperate to fill the back end of their rotation. Starter Jake Odorizzi threw four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball before leaving with knee soreness.

MINNEAPOLIS - Eduardo Escobar had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle, Brian Dozier reached base four times and Minnesota came from behind to beat Detroit. And when the Astros put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first, it looked like it would happen again, but Fister escaped and didn't fall behind until the third.

Devers had an RBI double and Dustin Pedroia an RBI groundout for the Red Sox, who couldn't erase a three-run deficit.

Rangers 5, Athletics 3: Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run, helping Texas end a seven-game skid and making a victor out of left-hander Martin Perez, who threw six innings to earn his career-best 13th victory.



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