Red Sox hope to clinch division vs. Astros

The Red Sox's loss to Houston on Friday in tandem with the Yankees' win over the Blue Jays means that Boston is two games up on the Yankees in the AL East with two games to play.

The New York Yankees won their game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but with one game remaining, the Red Sox victory sealed a trip to the wild card playoff game for their rivals. Boston leads the Yankees by two games - both teams have two games left and they're each assured playoff spots. If they ever lost that game, they'd have to start someone else in NY on Monday in the AL East tie-breaker, with the loser hosting the Twins in the wild card round.

After going 8-1 in their final road trip of the season, the Red Sox have slumped at home, losing two consecutive and falling to 1-4 on their homestand. The Astros recorded their second 100-win season in franchise history. Charlie Morton pitched into the sixth inning to earn his career-best 14th victory, and Ken Giles got three outs for his 34th save. After a brief discussion, Farrell left the $217 million man in the game with the bases loaded. Drew Pomeranz will start game three and is 16-6 with a 3.38 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season.

It's an unlikely scenario, but that's why they play the games.

Phillies starter Ben Lively (4-7, 4.26 ERA) closed his rookie season in the big leagues with a win, throwing six innings of two-run baseball without walking a batter.

The victory reduced the Rockies' magic number to one, meaning one Colorado victory or one loss by the Milwaukee Brewers will enable the Rockies to win the second National League wild card and advance to the postseason for the fourth time in their 25 seasons of play.

YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0 Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and playoff-bound NY beat visiting Toronto to remain on the edge of contention in the AL East. If the Red Sox meet the Houston Astros in the ALDS, Abad could be called on to face Brian McCann (.234 average vs LHP) or the switch-hitting Carlos Beltran (.186 average vs LHP) at any point after the third inning.

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INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 1 Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading AL Central champion Cleveland, the host, to a victory over Chicago. Morton blanked Boston until Rafael Devers hit an RBI single in the fifth.

The Dodgers have a one-game lead over the Indians for this one, and the Astros are two games out. He threw 24 pitches in 1-2/3 innings last night. Warren hasn't pitched for NY since September 1.

The Rays got three runs on sacrifice flies, two in the seventh inning from Curt Casali and Brad Miller after a solo home run by Logan Morrison, his 38th of the season.

Instead, the Yankees probably will have a workout day at Yankee Stadium on Monday for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game there against the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers beat St. Louis 5-3 to stay in the picture. Pelfrey allowed six hits, only one of them a single, and walked six.

Anderson (12-4) gave up only three hits and a run in seven-plus innings, walking one and fanning five.

The concept of a bullpen game in the postseason may seem far-fetched but so is expecting to win with Porcello or Fister.


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